Indiana health officials are abandoning the state’s color-coded map that rated each county’s risk of spreading COVID-19 in favor of using a different federal scoring system.
It’s one of the significant changes the Indiana Department of Health announced Wednesday to its online dashboard for tracking COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths across the state. The agency updated the dashboard every weekday, but will move to Monday, Wednesday and Friday updates.
Indiana’s risk map was based on the number of new COVID-19 cases per capita and the percentage of tests confirming infections. The map updated last week shows 87 of the state’s 92 counties in the lowest risk blue tier after all counties were in the highest risk red tier for the last three weeks of January.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Risk Map is based on COVID-19-related hospitalizations. It showed all Indiana counties at low risk levels on Wednesday.
Indiana Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Lindsay Weaver said the dashboard update is a step toward general surveillance models, such as those used to measure current flu levels.