Public Release: June 11, 2020

This article was written by the Wolf.

How our map is different:

We count everyone who has had a confirmed-positive COVID-19 lab result, including antibody testing. Any cumulative count of positive people in Florida should include any person who has a confirmed-positive lab result, whether tested while symptomatic or not. This helps us better track the disease burden on healthcare systems and its spread in the community.

We show the number of positive people, hospitalizations, and deaths for everyone tested in Florida, regardless of their legal address. DOH excludes non-residents from its demographic data, zip code data, death data, and case data over time.

We apply the CDC’s guidance on counting “recovered” cases to show by-county estimates of the number of recovered people. This calculation includes all cases diagnosed more than six weeks ago where no death, hospitalization or ER admission is on file, for both residents and non-residents.

We show hospital data – including active bed counts, capacity, and ICU/isolation availability, updated hourly by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) through a public data feed.

We also break down deaths and hospitalizations by age group for both residents and non-residents.

We provide a report card for each county to measure readiness to enter the next phase of reopening based on the criteria DOH and the State outlined in late April.

We provide data about the impacts of COVID-19, including lives lost, economic, and social factors by region and county.

We provide testing site locations and data, including hours of operation, test type, and contact information for every testing facility in the state. We have a separate testing application tool, as well, which can be used to search for facilities and print directions.

We provide information about community resources, including the locations, contact information and hours for Red Cross facilities, food banks, USDA Meals for Kids locations, and more.

We show city-level case data, made available through daily PDF reports but never added to the DOH dashboard, so communities can better-understand their risk.

We calculate positivity based on the number of people tested, not the number of new cases divided by the total numbers of tests processed across all labs each day, which includes duplicates and re-tests (though we also provide this information for context).

We put the data in context, clearly stating each variable’s limitations and caveats, for all the data on the site, including DOH’s data.

We provide public data feeds that aren’t dependent on the now-unreliable DOH dashboard, and are pulled directly from the PDF reports issued by DOH each morning. Anyone can download the raw data and analyze it, regardless of whether or not the dashboard is crashing, and we provide the daily data for all PDFS and data tables published by DOH each day on our Open Data site.

Most importantly, we ask the community for input. If there’s data the public wants to see, and we have a way of accurately counting or finding that data, we will do our best to do so. If people want to add event information or resources the public can access for testing or for help, they can add it to our map by filling out a short, anonymous survey.

What we still can’t do:

Count probable cases and deaths. Florida does not follow CDC guidance on reporting probable cases, hospitalizations or deaths by not publishing this data. Without critical information about probable cases, our understanding of the virus, its burden on our communities and health systems, and its change in spread over time is very limited.

Measure precise recovery and recovery rates based on case data. The CDC outlined clear guidance for determining what qualifies someone as being “recovered” two months ago, but DOH never released that data (even though they have it). Without the data from DOH, we can only estimate the number of recovered based on the data DOH already makes public, which could be over/under the CDC-outlined guidance.

Show total cases that include non-residents at the zip code or city level. Both the zip code and city-level data provided by DOH excludes non-residents and all persons testing positive by antibody testing.

Provide county or zip-code level data for antibody testing. Data currently is submitted based on county, presumably the county of residence, but that is not clear. It is also unclear if this data includes residents and non-residents.  

Show data about cases in prisons, jails and other detention centers. DOH currently only reports prison deaths of confirmed-positive inmates. No data is provided regarding case totals, testing, or probably cases for prisons or jails in the state of Florida.

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