Page Updated: April 22, 2020, 4:10 p.m. | Español
Union County’s COVID-19 Dashboard was created by the County’s Public Works GIS team. Data to update the map and graphics will be entered daily by the Public Communications team, with data supplied by the Human Service Agency’s Public Health Division as reported by North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).
Please credit Union County, North Carolina with any representation of the map or dashboard.
How often will this dashboard be updated?
Union County data will be updated daily at approximately 5:00 p.m. North Carolina data is automatically synced from the Johns Hopkins dashboard. The reporting process for cases requires confirmation of a positive test from a lab or reporting facilities before the information is published.
How accurate are the numbers of confirmed cases in Union County?
The number of confirmed cases represented on the dashboard includes a total sum of positive test results from a lab or reporting facility for individuals who live in Union County. There will be additional individuals who have COVID-19, but are not tested because new CDC guidance encourages people with mild symptoms to stay home without being tested, therefore those individuals will not be counted in the official confirmed case numbers as reported from the NCDHHS. As a result, our Public Health team anticipates the confirmed cases will not fully represent the number of individuals who have contracted COVID-19. This further indicates the importance of staying home as much as possible to avoid contracting COVID-19.
Why are the numbers in the dashboard sometimes different from numbers reported by the NCDHHS or CDC?
While our data is being updated daily by 5:00 p.m., there may be a brief delay between the time data is updated by the NCDHHS and CDC.
Why is data about recovery not included?
We do not currently measure “recovery,” and don’t expect to have such a designation anytime in the near future. Recovery can mean a lot of things – some countries say you’re recovered 14 days from infection even if you are still sick, or even dead, based on a computer algorithm that calculates the amount of time passed since a case is first reported. The very definition of recovery is a contested issue – are you recovered once you’re no longer symptomatic? Or contagious? Once you get a negative test result, or no longer require hospitalization? Are you ever “recovered” if you suffer long-term effects from having the virus? Until some of these issues and definitions are worked out at the local, state and national level, we will not be providing a metric for recovery.
Why is data about hospitalizations not included?
Information about hospitalizations related to COVID-19 may frequently change and is not appropriate to divulge by a number due to a variety of factors necessary for appropriate context; including whether the number conveys individuals in-patient at a Union County hospital, a Union County resident in-patient at a hospital outside of Union County, current patients hospitalized, a cumulative (total sum) number of patients hospitalized, etc. Therefore, we do not anticipate providing this data at this time.
Can I see information about where cases are inside of my zip code?
We will not provide detailed information about cases inside a zip code to protect patient privacy. Because Union County Public Health has identified individuals who have contracted COVID-19 from community spread and anticipates additional cases, residents should obey the NC Stay at Home Order and only leave for essential activities.