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Maricopa County Releases Dashboard For School Reopening Metrics

The Maricopa County Public Health Department released on Friday its own dashboard on school reopening metrics. 

The county’s dashboard is similar to the one released earlier this month by the Arizona Department of Health Services. It contains two weeks’ worth of data on the three metrics set by the department: COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, percent positivity and COVID-like illness. 

But unlike the dashboard by ADHS, which gives a county-by-county overview, the Maricopa dashboard breaks the data down by city, school district and ZIP code. 

“What it does is it allows school administrators to see the level of COVID-19 spread in their community so they can understand what is happening at the most local level around their school community," said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, the local health department’s medical director for disease control. 

The county worked with state health officials to ensure they are using data from the same two-week time period and calculating the percent of tests in the same way, she said. 

The dashboard will be updated every Thursday afternoon.

Rocio Hernandez was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2020 to 2022.