You have probably noticed that no two college dashboards are the same, and this can be confusing.
Governor Cuomo recently announced that all institutions of higher education must submit standardized data to the New York State Higher Education COVID-19 Report. We upload new data to the state report daily in addition to updating our own institutional dashboard. You will notice, however, some differences between our institutional dashboard and the numbers that we report to the state.
The state reporting requirements are specific to students and employees accessing campus and does not apply to those who are remote, even if they live in the area. Since we are primarily remote this semester, some of the data we are choosing to provide on our own institutional COVID-19 Tracking Dashboard is not reported to the state.
This will result in some differences between the two dashboards, with our institutional dashboard providing more information than what is reflected on the state dashboard. In addition, due to differences in timing and changes that may occur during the data reconciliation processes, the numbers of tests reported may also differ slightly.
Does providing access to all of this data on our dashboard make us safer? It doesn’t prevent us from spreading COVID-19, rather, it is a tool that illustrates the significant impact that the pandemic is having on our community and provides a snapshot of the institution’s progress in responding. We will be better served if we use the dashboard data as a constant reminder of the seriousness of COVID-19 and that our actions matter.
We are counting on each one of you to do your part to help with keeping positives and the need for quarantine and isolation down, today, tomorrow, and for the remainder of the fall and spring semesters.
Let’s keep our numbers low, and our spirits high!
Christina Moylan, Ph.D.
Director of Public Health Emergency Preparedness