Shawnee Co. releases new COVID-19 community report, score drops to 2

COVID-19 numbers continue to drop in Shawnee Co. as per the latest "scorecard" from the Health...
COVID-19 numbers continue to drop in Shawnee Co. as per the latest "scorecard" from the Health Department.(Shawnee Co. Health Department)
Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 9:18 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Shawnee County has released its new criteria for tracking the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

They have transitioned from the community scorecard to what they call a “Covid-19 Community Indicator Report.”

Shawnee County Health Officer, Dr. Erin Locke, is highlighting the specific changes at Thursday’s county commission meeting.

The new report has the county in the moderate zone on the index with a score of 2. It tracks weekly cases, percent positive tests, the trend from week to week, percentage of new cases contacted within 24 hours of reporting, percentage of close contacts notified within 3 days of the case reported, and the stress on the county’s hospital.

In all of these categories, Shawnee County is in either the low or moderate zone.

Health officials said, “We believe that you will find this new report is an excellent indicator able to appropriately analyze the status of our community as it relates to COVID-19 now and moving forward.”

For the first week of March, Shawnee County had a total of 118 cases. In last week’s report from March 7-13 the number of cases has since dropped to 76.

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