Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) has used data from the Risk Assessment Dashboard from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to guide decision-making about schools. The Risk Assessment Dashboard is a statewide, standardized data platform which provides comprehensive COVID-19 data at the state and county level.
The state developed this dashboard in order to provide consistent data metrics across all the counties in the state so when DOH guidance is issued, every county is using the same system for data measurements and guidance changes. For example, this dashboard provided the metrics for the Phases in the Roadmap to Recovery reopening guidance. The Health Officer reviews Thurston County data on the Risk Assessment Dashboard and reviews internal county specific metrics and data for decision-making purposes.
The Health Officer’s letter to the Superintendents and Heads of Schools on May 26 outlined plateauing COVID-19 transmission rates in Thurston County, which did not indicate a clear, sustained increased trajectory of transmission over the previous 14 days. COVID-19 transmission rates have plateaued, and as of today, per the Risk Assessment Dashboard, cases per 100,000 people over 14 days is 186.9.