Porter County will
soon start releasing more detailed information on local COVID-19 cases
through a new feature on its website, according to Porter County
Commissioner Laura Blaney (D-South).
Blaney told the
Tribune this morning that an “enhanced dashboard” with a map of COVID-19
cases per Township could be available on the Porter County website as early
as tomorrow. The addition to the website is being tested today, and should
launch tomorrow if no issues arise.
Blaney said the
project has been in the works, with input from Health Department staff,
County legal advisors, and the Commissioners’ Office, for about a week and a
half. “We’ve worked out the path of information that will keep everyone
updated and maintain everyone’s privacy,” Blaney said. “It will be similar
to the State’s dashboard, but not exactly the same.”
No private or
identifying patient information will be released. The new dashboard will
show the distribution of Porter County COVID-19 cases by Township, the total
current number of Porter County COVID-19 patients hospitalized, the total
current number of Porter County COVID-19 patients recovered, and current
gender and age distributions of Porter County cases.
requested similar sets of information early last week and was told
discussions about providing more information were in the works.
The new dashboard
will be accessible by clicking on the blue box titled “Coronavirus Updates”
on the Homepage of porterco.org
the site can expect frequent updates to the new data, though Blaney said the
County isn’t sure yet if the site will be updated daily and at the same time
every day. “We’re still working on the exact time for that,” Blaney said.