Austin Public Health rolls out new "Key Indicators" dashboard

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May 29, 2020 - 6:52 pm
Austin Public Health indicators dashboard

courtesy Austin Public Health

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Austin Public Health has rolled out a new dashboard that allows residents to see for themselves the "key indicators" that local officials will use alongside the risk-based guidelines recently rolled out.

The new dashboard, online at www.AustinTexas.gov/COVID19, allows the public to see the number of new hospital admissions in the five county metro area, along with the 7-day moving average, as well as the number of new COVID-19 cases and the current doubling time metric. Officials say all of these key indicators will inform their recommendations on whether tightening or loosening restrictions on physical distancing, mass gatherings, business operations, and other safety measures are warranted.

Right now, the area remains at Stage 3, or a yellow risk category, with the 7-day moving average for new hospitalizations across the metro area at 8.6. 11 new patients were hospitalized leading up to Friday's data update.

At Stage 3, officials recommend that individuals at high risk for serious illnesses should continue to shelter-in-place and telecommute, or ask their employers to reassign them to non-public-facing roles. Those at less of a risk for serious illnesses should minimize their interaction with those outside their household.

The criteria for the five stages, as defined by APH officials:

  • Stage 1 (Green): Zero (0) new COVID-19 hospital admissions in a 7-day period
  • Stage 2 (Blue): Average of less than 5 new COVID-19 hospital admissions in the MSA in 7-day period
  • Stage 3 (Yellow): Average of 5-19 new COVID-19 hospital admissions in the MSA in a 7-day period
  • Stage 4 (Light Orange): Average of 20-70 new COVID-19 hospital admissions in the MSA in a 7-day period
  • Stage 5 (Red): Average of 70 or more new COVID-19 hospital admissions in the MSA in a 7-day period

At all times and levels, health officials continue to urge the following best practices:

  • Practice social distancing 
  • Wear fabric face coverings in public 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes 
  • Wash hands often 
  • Avoid touching your face 
  • Clean commonly touched surfaces
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