The COVID-19 dashboard provides a regularly updated status on COVID-19 across Ohio and within the campus community. It also includes the availability of quarantine and isolation space, personal protective equipment and cleaning protocols at Ohio State. 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.
This 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.
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.