Maricopa County releases data dashboard for reopening schools

Maricopa County Department of Public Health released a data dashboard Aug,. 14. (Adobe Stock)
Maricopa County Department of Public Health released a data dashboard Aug,. 14. (Adobe Stock)

Maricopa County Department of Public Health released a data dashboard Aug,. 14. (Adobe Stock)

Maricopa County Department of Public Health released a data dashboard Aug,. 14 designed to help school officials to determine if their communities are meeting reopening metrics set by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Arizona Department of Education.

The new dashboard breaks data down by school district and city level, which the state level dashboard does not provide.

The tool, available at Maricopa.gov/SchoolDashboard, allows school superintendents, principals and other decision-makers to see two weeks’ worth of data on the three metrics set by ADHS and ADE for opening schools:

  • Case rate per 100,000 people: A way to standardize and compare the number of cases in specific populations (data available at county, ZIP code and school district levels)

  • Percent positivity: A way to tell if there is significant community spread and whether enough testing is available (data available at county, ZIP code and school district levels)

  • COVID-like illness: A way to monitor the percent of people who visit participating emergency rooms and hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms before they are tested. This is the first sign that a decrease or increase in COVID-19 community spread is occurring (data available at the county level)


“Maricopa County Public Health’s role is to provide information to school administrators about the spread of COVID in their communities so they can make data-driven decisions to open schools in the safest way possible, and that’s what this dashboard is all about,” said Marcy Flanagan, executive director for MCDPH, in a statement.

Data used to generate the county-level report are based upon the benchmarks and thresholds for re-opening established by the Arizona Department of Health Services, according to the county.

“This dashboard will allow decision-makers to view their selected area’s overall risk level related to community transmission of COVID-19 and the recommended learning scenario, based on the most recent data,” said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director of disease control for MCDPH, in a news release.


The data will be updated weekly on Thursdays at 4 p.m., according to the county.

As of Aug. 14, Chandler USD had a "substantial" risk, according to the county dashboard, and the county recommended virtual learning with onsite support. Gilbert Public Schools had the same risk level and recommendation. The risk level for Higley USD was moderate and a hybrid model of learning was recommended. However, Higley does not offer a hybrid model at this time.


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