Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Yamhill counties have joined together to improve public health’s response to communicable diseases, including COVID-19. This COVID-19 dashboard builds on data-sharing relationships from our collective work in Oregon’s Public Health Modernization initiative. Our regional group has focused on improving data analysis and critical real time data sharing during a pandemic.
This dashboard shows COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths broken down by age, gender, race and ethnicity. The dashboard also details data on testing, housing status, underlying health conditions and symptoms. Due to a data reporting delay of one day, regional numbers may be slightly different than those reported by the Oregon Health Authority.
County Public Health has worked with a coalition of researchers and leaders from communities of color to analyze and share data about the spread of COVID-19 that includes context for understanding the story of COVID-19.
We do not include zip code data in this dashboard. We understand the desire for transparency and share the need for relevant and accurate information about local disease patterns. However, we have clearly heard community concerns about including zip code information.
Zip code level data represents where a person lives. It does not necessarily show where the disease was acquired. At this time, such information may lead to false confidence in areas with fewer recorded cases, and unfounded fears in areas with more cases.
Large long term care facilities or congregate setting outbreaks may increase case counts within a zip code. This should be considered when viewing the data. We are especially concerned because data without this context can lead to false conclusions and blame. It can fuel division. We worry this information could be used to further stigmatize and target communities of color that experience an already disproportionate burden of exposure to and complications from COVID-19 due to institutional racism.
Tips for viewing the dashboard:
More information can be found beneath the "Information" icon on each page of the dashboard.
Use the "full screen" button at the bottom of the dashboard to get a larger view.