COVID-19 Dashboard

  • image of empty desks The impact of COVID-19 on public education is unprecedented and Orange County Schools is no exception. On July 16th, as a result of the data provided by and in consultation with the Orange County Health Department, the OCS Board of Education voted unanimously to reopen schools under Plan C: Remote Learning for all students and recommended that metrics be identified and monitored to help determine when it is safe for the district to shift from Plan C to Plan B: Hybrid (in-person and remote learning). 

    At the July 20th Orange County School Board of Education meeting, Quintana Stewart, Director of the Orange County Health Department (OCHD), recommended four metrics for the district to monitor when considering shifting from Plan C to Plan B. OCHD committed to sharing COVID-19 metrics with the district on a weekly basis. See dashboard at the bottom of this page. Additionally, OCS is in the process of establishing a broad stakeholder task force (school-based and central office staff, classified and certified staff, parents and representatives from the Board of Education and community) that will make recommendations to the Board of Education based on how the metrics are trending. The task force will monitor the metrics listed below.  They will compare and track changes regarding how the pandemic is affecting Northern Orange County and NC as a whole.  When studied over time, the metrics are intended to assist the district with determining when it is safe for students and staff to return to their classrooms under Plan B.

    Four Metrics OCS is Monitoring in Collaboration with the Orange County Health Department 

    1. Daily Case Count: the number of lab-confirmed cases in Orange County                         
    2. Cumulative Case Count: trend over a three-week period
    3. Trends in Types of COVID-like Illnesses: COVID-19, Influenza, etc. during this time period in Orange County
    4. Percent of Positive Tests

    With regard to accessing COVID-19 data by ZIP Codes, the Orange County Health Department (OCHD) confirmed that they have the data by ZIP Code. However, they have concerns about using ZIP Code data to make recommendations about shifting to Plan B for the following reasons:  

    • Some ZIP Codes cross over Orange County lines into Durham, Person, and Alamance Counties.  As a result, the OCHD is making a formal request to the state to overlay county borders on their ZIP Code level map from the state so the district can easily see the positive case concentrations in Orange County ZIP Codes.
    • If the number of cases are small in a ZIP Code and the data are reported it could lead to the identification of the person or persons who are potentially COVID-19 positive, which is a HIPPA violation.

Source: Orange County Health Department