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Fairfax County Localizes COVID-19 Data With New Dashboard

Over the weekend, Fairfax County unveiled a new COVID-19 dashboard, providing more insight into geographic and racial data on the virus.

In addition to previously available data on total case numbers, deaths, age distributions and hospitalizations, the new dashboard now offers data on:

  • cases by locality
  • case rates by combined zip codes grouped by the first three digits
  • cases by racial and ethnic groups
  • trajectory of cases to show increases or decreases
  • epidemic curve “shows the number of new cases that occur by week of onset”

“All data are subject to change, and this information should not be used to determine your individual level of risk or to self-diagnose,” according to the database.

Tysons, McLean and Vienna are a part of one zip code group, which also includes Wolf Trap, Oakton and Springfield, that has 618 reported cases — 252.4 cases per 100,000 people, according to the database.

While the county’s population is roughly 50% White, 16% Hispanic, 20% Asian and 10% Black, coronavirus patients are almost 50% Hispanic and roughly 26% White, 10% Black and 14% Asian.

The database includes this disclaimer with its racial ethnic group data:

Race and ethnicity data are not routinely reported by laboratories to the health department making collection of these data difficult. Caution should be used when interpreting these results. Rates by race and ethnic group also may reflect differences in seeking medical care and testing between groups.

As of today (Monday), Fairfax County has 3,002 cases and 100 deaths, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The cities of Fairfax and Falls Church both have just over two dozen cases and two deaths.

The Fairfax Health District, which includes the county and its towns and cities, continues to lead the state in the number of cases and deaths.

Of the 199 outbreaks in Virginia, 34 are in the Fairfax Health District with 31 at long term care facilities and one each at a healthcare setting, correctional facility and educational setting.

Statewide, there are at least 13,535 cases, 2,066 hospitalizations and 458 deaths. More than 80,000 people have been tested for the virus.

Image via Fairfax County

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