The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has unveiled a new online dashboard with detailed county-by-county coronavirus data.
The dashboard was developed by DHEC’s data analysts, geographic information services specialists and epidemiologists using information from the agency’s disease surveillance capabilities. Information includes race, ethnicity, gender and age for cases and death in each county; percent positive for each county; and number of cases per day for each county, dating back to March, among other data.
“In what could traditionally take a year or more to develop, our public health and data specialists have built in months an in-depth and interactive online resource for public use that gives a breakdown of demographics, testing, hospitalizations and more for all 46 counties,” Dr. Joan Duwve, DHEC public health director, said in a news release. “DHEC has been tracking county-specific data since the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in the state, but the agency’s efforts to consolidate this vast, evolving information into an online resource that will be updated daily is truly amazing, and our state is fortunate to have such an adept team of experts working behind the scenes.”
The new dashboard will be accessible from DHEC’s main COVID-19 landing page for 10 days. It will then replace the website’s demographics webpage, as statewide and county-level demographics are both built into the new information. It includes a users’ guide to help navigate and understand the data and will be updated daily with information current as of the previous day.
“It’s important to remember that as this localized data changes from day to day,” Duwve said. “This deadly virus knows no bounds and it doesn’t recognize county or jurisdictional lines. Regardless of the number of cases and reported prevalence of the virus within a specific county, we must assume the virus is everywhere and take the same precautions every day in public settings, including wearing a mask, staying socially distanced from others by 6 feet, avoiding group gatherings and washing our hands frequently.”