Soon, Michigan residents will be able to search the number of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths by race, ethnicity, age and gender as University of Michigan experts expand the capabilities of the statewide coronavirus MI Safe Start dashboard.
They are planning to also include vaccination rates within weeks.
“Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, we saw important disparities in the number of cases and deaths among certain populations,” said project leader Marisa Eisenberg, associate professor of epidemiology at U-M’s School of Public Health and of complex systems and mathematics at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
“We hope this dashboard will help identify trends early and allow our community members to see what’s happening in their own regions,” she said. “It is important for Michigan residents to see how different groups are being affected by the pandemic so as a community we can help support those who need it the most.”
The information will be available by the eight regions defined by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Saginaw, Lansing, Traverse City, Jackson and the Upper Peninsula. More localized data will not be publicly available to ensure no individual person is identifiable, the developers said.
U-M researchers from the schools of Public Health and Information have been working closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to develop and update the MI Safe Start Map, which tracks and displays the current COVID-19 risk level of Michigan regions and counties.
The dashboard serves two main purposes: to help public health officials make informed decisions regarding the pandemic and to inform the general public about the information being used to determine such public health measures.