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City of Vancouver launches Covid-19 dashboard

The dashboard enables citizens to take an “inside look” at a number of key metrics and service areas that have been activated during the public health emergency. 

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The Covid-19 dashboard follows the launch of the online VanDashboard in March
The Covid-19 dashboard follows the launch of the online VanDashboard in March

Vancouver has introduced an online dashboard to enable citizens to track the city’s emergency response and efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.

 

According to city authorities, the tool provides an “inside look” at a number of key metrics and service areas that have been activated during this public health emergency.

 

Key metrics

 

This latest move follows the launch of the VanDashboard last month that measures performance against 65 key metrics across six categories of core service delivery, affordability and housing, climate change, economy and finances, equity and social issues and vibrant culture.

 

New dashboard categories include:

  • Compliance education – how the city is supporting public health orders and guidelines
  • Travel – how traffic and transportation patterns have changed
  • Childcare for essential workers – how frontline workers are receiving help to connect with childcare options
  • Homelessness and low-income housing – how vulnerable populations are being supported through housing and hygiene initiatives
  • Food security – how access to healthy food is being supported
  • Contributions – how businesses and individuals are supporting their community.

"Vancouverites have made tremendous efforts to flatten the curve but the work is not done yet," said Darrell Reid, chief of the Covid-19 Task Force.

 

"As we track this data it supports not only our evolving response to Covid-19 but also helps give an accurate picture of what efforts are being made to help residents, especially our vulnerable neighbours who are most impacted during this time and those working on the frontlines."

 

In a statement, the city of Vancouver said providing the public with Covid-19 data had been a key component of the federal and provincial emergency response.

 

“While we haven’t seen a dashboard like this before at the municipal level, we felt it was the right thing for us to do. Providing you with transparent and reliable information can both build awareness and connect people with resources, like childcare support or ways to help,” it added.

"As we track this data it supports not only our evolving response to Covid-19 but also helps give an accurate picture of what efforts are being made to help residents, especially our vulnerable neighbours."

Other cities to have launched coronavirus dashboards include Boston. The Boston Department of Innovation and Technology’s Citywide Analytics Team launched two dashboards that allow residents to track the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the city and throughout Massachusetts.

 

One includes a day-by-day breakdown graph of the spread of Covid-19 in Massachusetts, and tracks daily updates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) for the number of Covid-19 cases.

 

The second dashboard includes information specific to the City of Boston, including total daily cases, recovered cases and total cases over time. It also tracks the levels of testing done throughout the United States.

 

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