Grace Holladay | Reporter
BGSU will no longer update its weekly COVID-19 dashboard, which provided students with a weekly summary of both confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 in the campus community, according to the dashboard’s homepage.
The university monitored COVID-19 data from students, faculty and staff from Sept. 1, 2021 through May 2, 2022, and updated the COVID-19 dashboard each Wednesday. Data shared on the dashboard included weekly case numbers reported to BGSU, on-campus students in isolation and quarantine, current face covering requirements, state and local case rates and community vaccination rates.
Members of the BG community still looking for information about COVID-19 rates can find county-wide surveillance statistics via the Wood County Health Department webpage, as well as the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard.
According to the most current data, between Sept. 10 and 14, there were 296 new cases of COVID-19 and three hospitalizations due to the disease. Wood County also saw an average of 226 cases per 100,000 residents and a testing positivity rate of 20% in Wood County.
According to CDC guidelines, the number of cases of COVID-19 this week classify Wood County as having a High Community Level of transmission. However, local guidelines from the Wood County Health Department recommend that residents follow Medium Community Level guidelines.
The CDC recommends the use of a high-quality mask or respirator like a N95 mask while indoors, and self-testing if you’re in contact with someone at high risk for illness, according to the CDC’s webpage.
BGSU Marketing Strategist Michael Bratton noted that while the university is no longer tracking COVID-19 rates, “the university is working with and following all CDC, Wood County Health Department and Erie County Health Department guidance in navigating COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols.”