As we move into the fall and continue to work through the challenges of opening schools, it is important to have consistent, reliable data to work with. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has created a website with current information on COVID-19 in Kansas. This article will review how to access and use this information.
The KDHE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response site can be found at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/. The site includes the following sections:
- COVID-19 Cases in Kansas
This page shows the actual number of tests, cases, and deaths by county.
- A Plan to Reopen Kansas
This page includes resources for healthcare providers, FAQs, toolkits, and several other valuable resources.
- Travel Information
This page information related to traveling into and out of Kansas.
- Testing for COVID-19
This page includes information on Kansas’ testing strategy and related resources.
In this article, we will focus on the COVID-19 Cases in Kansas page (https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/160/COVID-19-in-Kansas), however we encourage you to spend some time on the other pages to see what information and resources are available.
Identifying COVID-19 Statistics for Your Area
The page opens on the KS COVID-19 Overview and displays the following Map showing cases by county (updated August 8th):
It also shows a chart of Cases by Symptom Onset Date and a chart with Daily Counts of New Cases and Total Cases Reported by Date Diagnosed:
(It should be noted that this later chart uses a charting method that many, including myself, consider a questionable practice; it displays two different vertical axes on top of one another, which can be misleading. For more on this, check out this blog post: https://blog.datawrapper.de/dualaxis/)
The Cases listed are cumulative and do not reflect the current active cases. The colors on the map indicate whether cases are remaining fairly constant (grey), or if they are increasing (darker blue indicates higher increases).
By default, the page shows statistics for the state as a whole. However, clicking on a county will update the charts below and the summary info above to represent just that county.
Once you have selected your county and the charts have updated, you can download them as PowerPoint Slides, a PDF, or an image file by clicking on the download icon in the lower right corner of the page:
In addition to this information which can be filtered down by county, there are charts and graphs for the following:
- Hospital Capacity
- Reopen Kansas Metrics
- Case Characteristics
- Case Rates
- Testing Rates
- Cluster Summary
- Hospital Summary
- Death Summary
These additional charts are all at the state level and do not provide county breakdowns, except for the Case Rates and Testing Rates pages, which includes cases by county. Many of these can be downloaded using the instructions provided above as well.
For more on KDHE’s COVID statistics, click here to watch KASB’s Lunch and Learn from August 5th, where KDHE’s Ashley Goss reviewed the site, how to use the data, and which statistics are likely to be the most useful.