- On March 27, 2020
On Friday, March 27, Wake County launched a new dashboard that provides important and current data about how COVID-19 is affecting our community.
“By sharing this information broadly, residents can see the growing number of coronavirus cases in our community and better understand why we’re asking them to stay home and limit the time they spend in public,” said Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Ford. “We all have a personal responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help keep each other safe.”
The dashboard is updated three times per day – at around 8:15 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. It includes:
- Total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases;
- Average age of those with the virus; and
- A gender breakdown (when provided on testing forms).
The dashboard does not provide any information that might be considered identifiable in order to protect the privacy of our residents who are ill.
“In addition to providing this data to the public, we are using this information to project the impact of COVID-19 on our local healthcare system,” said Dr. Kim McDonald, Wake County medical director. “The reality is unless we, the community, do our part to slow the spread of the virus, our hospitals, doctors and nurses will be in a precarious situation where they may not be able to care for everyone who gets sick.”
Wake County’s stay-at-home order goes into effect today at 5 p.m. The proclamation, which was signed by Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Ford, mandates that Wake County residents stay home and away from others who are not immediate members of their family or household. By restricting contact, the county hopes to reduce the rate at which COVID-19 is infecting residents.
Wake County has made it easy for you to stay updated on the latest information about COVID-19. You can visit our COVID-19 webpage, which has a set of frequently asked questions to educate residents in English and in Spanish, a list of COVID-19-related closures and service changes, as well as an email address and phone number that people can use to ask personal health-related questions about COVID-19.