LAWRENCE – Beginning today, the Smart & Safe Community Scorecard for reopening Douglas County has a few changes that better reflect the pandemic’s current situation.
Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health adjusted metrics for some of the goals on the scorecard, which is used as a guiding document for decision-making by community leaders in Douglas County. “What we’re trying to do here is be reflective of a situation that’s fluid and be responsive to the context of the current situation,” said Director of Informatics Sonia Jordan, of Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health.
The community scorecard — which is different from the school reopening scorecard — was unveiled in the early weeks of the pandemic, when incidence rates and community transmission were much lower. It has not been updated until now.
The changes include:
- Average number of new COVID-19 cases: The goal for the average number of cases due to local transmission is now the average number of new COVID-19 cases using the 14-day rolling average number. The goal for the specific number of cases is changed to decreasing, stable or increasing from the previous week.
- Number of new high-risk outbreaks per week: Includes a link to Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s publicly-released outbreaks. Goals have also been adjusted from 0 per week to 0-1 per week, reflective of the fact that despite high-risk outbreaks, the health care system has been resilient to them.
- Number of active cases per week: Changed the goal from a specific number of cases to the goal of decreasing, stable or increasing from the previous week.
The scorecard is updated every Friday by Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health.
The changes went into effect after a discussion with the county’s Education Unified Command. The group comprises local government, health, education and business leaders who have partnered to provide education institutions a coordinated reopening and response strategy to the pandemic. Leaders of Douglas County, City of Lawrence, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, LMH Health, University of Kansas, Lawrence Public Schools and The Chamber participate.