Dashboard

The COVID-19 dashboard provides a regularly updated status on COVID-19 across Ohio and within the campus community. On Feb. 8, 2021, it was updated to provide a more complete picture of cases and positivity rates since the beginning of the university’s testing program. With this new version, users will be able to view the data going back to the 2020 fall semester as well as the most up-to-date numbers for the 2021 spring semester. The Ohio State testing data in the dashboard will be updated on those days when complete testing data is available for a 24-hour period during which surveillance testing was conducted. The university cautions against drawing broad conclusions from the initial data about the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus, particularly since the student data set includes symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals.

To access this data in an accessible format, download the Excel document. For other questions, please contact CIO-TableauAdmin@osu.edu.

Data Notes: Some values on the dashboard may change as missing data or other data errors are identified and corrected. These data adjustments are part of the normal process of ensuring that the data are the most accurate representations possible. Student test result data are reported weekly during times of low test volume to ensure privacy protection and to maintain the reliability of dashboard data.

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Data Notes: Some values on the dashboard may change as missing data or other data errors are identified and corrected. These data adjustments are part of the normal process of ensuring that the data are the most accurate representations possible. Student test result data are reported weekly during times of low test volume to ensure privacy protection and to maintain the reliability of dashboard data.

The university has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by adjusting its cleaning protocols and identifying additional ways to promote health and safety. PPE safety kits are provided to students, faculty and staff at no cost. The kits include one disposable mask, two reusable masks, a thermometer, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. Additional supplies are available for community members. At least twice a day during spring semester, the university is cleaning bathrooms and disinfecting high touch-point areas, including door handles, faucets, handrails and other commonly touched surfaces in high-traffic areas. More information is available on the Campus Readiness page.

For reference, regular asymptomatic testing of students began on Aug. 8, 2020. Move-in on the Columbus campus began on Aug. 12, 2020, and the fall semester began on Aug. 25, 2020. Students were urged to being moving out for winter break beginning Nov. 15, 2020, and classes moved to virtual delivery on Nov. 28, 2020. Student move-in for spring semester began on Jan. 17, 2021 and in-person classes began on Jan. 25, 2021. More details are available on the Academic Calendar.

This dashboard includes the total number of tests, student positive results and student positivity rate over the most recent available 24-hour period, as well as a seven-day rolling average. At this time, the dashboard displays only the cumulative results for faculty and staff because that data set is not large enough to produce a meaningful number for a 24-hour period or seven-day average. For a more detailed explanation of the included metrics, please see the Dashboard Measures and Interpretations page.

A panel of experts continuously monitors the most recent data on COVID-19 infections and transmission factors. On Oct. 22, Ohio State’s Comprehensive Monitoring Team (CMT) issued its initial report on ongoing data analysis designed to stem the spread of infection on and around the Columbus and regional campuses. On March 2, the CMT issued its second report, highlighting enhancements for spring semester and considerations as the university plans for a reactivation of our campuses in the next academic year.

The data is being shared in a way that protects individuals’ medical and educational privacy — and will help inform university decision making related to on-campus operations, health and safety measures and more throughout the autumn semester. The positivity rate resulting from the university’s testing program is one measure, but it is not the sole determinant of whether the community remains on campus or returns to all-virtual instruction. Any decision about adjusting plans will be made on the totality of the facts, in consultation with public health authorities and based on the latest science and data.