About our Dashboard
Here you will find a Dashboard that utilizes the data captured in Cumberland Goodwill EMS’ electronic patient care reports for 911 emergency patients with suspected COVID-19. We also list the patients testing status. We then provide data that has proven to be in the interest of public health (race, age groupings, and gender) as well as general geographic area where we encountered the patient.
The dashboard features clickable filters. Data is limited to a start date of 3/17/2020 due to integrations that were not turned on in our record system prior to that date.
- Are all these patients COVID-19 positive?
- No, these patients simply had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or had influenza-like illnesses. Additionally, cardiac arrests are being listed, especially those with a respiratory etiology- these will likely not receive a test, but we saw an abnormal increase in volume of these types of arrests in March and are suspicious of the underlying cause of arrests.
- Why isn’t testing status available for all patients?
- We are not a hospital and do not perform COVID-19 tests, but we are following up with patients via phone and do receive notice of confirmed positives from our hospital partners. Because some facilities may limit testing to the most sick patients, not all patients we encounter are tested. Some patients also do not return our phone calls or want to answer questions.
- How frequently is the data updated
- We attempt to upload cases daily during weekdays.
- Why don’t all counts match the total cases?
- For some dispatches, we may be cancelled by another unit, resulting in a lack of demographic data for the patient.
- How are zones determined?
- Zones reference emergency service dispatch zones unique to Cumberland Goodwill. Zones may be wholly serviced by Cumberland Goodwill, as is the case of Carlisle Borough, or shared among other EMS agencies with primary jurisdiction (such as South Middleton Township). Additionally, a zone may be used to denote times when we provide advanced life support services on board another ambulance, in which case we list the ambulance on which a patient was transported.
- Can you release additional information?
- We will continue to review data we posses that is of the public interest in preventing and controlling a disease (COVID-19) and balance that against our commitment to patient privacy. We use the “expert determination” guidance to de-identify patients in this sample by aggregating the date of the incident to week of the year and age the patient into groupings. Because of this, we determined that the risk is very small that the information could be used, alone or in combination with other reasonably available information, by users to identify an individual who is a subject of the information.