NYS To Track Coronavirus Data For All K-12, SUNY Schools

nearmetips Posted: 2020-9-11 14:42:45
New York will now require SUNY and public schools to report coronavirus infections and testing. (Shutterstock)
NEW YORK — In an effort to give parents, teachers and students up-to-date information about the infection rates for the new coronavirus at public schools and college, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of online dashboards that will track COVID-19 cases. On Sunday, he and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said a SUNY system-wide COVID-19 case tracker dashboard went live.

The centralized dashboard is designed to provide real time information on coronavirus cases, testing and quarantine and isolation space availability across SUNY's 64 colleges and universities to more efficiently monitor, respond to and contain the virus.

The announcement of the dashboard comes on the heels of SUNY Oneonta having to send its students home to continue classes completely online due to a coronavirus outbreak.


On Friday, Oneonta officials announced that almost 400 confirmed coronavirus cases had popped up at the school after days of seeing the number of infections steadily rise.

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Cuomo said that the state was taking immediate action to address the spread of the virus at SUNY colleges and universities.

"This new dashboard will help students, parents and faculty stay informed with the latest data," he said. "I urge our SUNY community to stay vigilant as the virus continues to be a national and global crisis — wear masks, socially distance and be smart."

The COVID-19 Case Tracker dashboard will provide a case count for SUNY and for individual campuses. The data will be reported by campuses every 24 hours and added to the dashboard daily. The dashboard also includes vital information on the different types of tests administered, daily and weekly test data, overall positivity rates, available quarantine and isolation space and hospitalizations. The tracker is developing and will be augmented as new categories of data become available, officials said.

For public kindergarten through 12th-grade schools, both public and private, Cuomo said Tuesday the state launched the COVID-19 Report Card, which will track coronavirus infections and testing operations of every New York school and school district.

The governor issued an executive order directing schools, local health departments, labs and all testing sites to collect and report COVID-19 testing data for students and staff at each school in the state.

As schools reopen and the data is reported to the state Department of Heath, the Report Card will be live at this link.

Cuomo said that facts empower people to make informed decisions about the health and safety of themselves and their families.

"The COVID-10 Report Card will give parents, faculty and students the most up-to-date information on the status of their school and their school district's testing and results," he said. "I urge our school communities to stay vigilant and be smart."

The COVID-19 Report Card will provide parents, teachers, students and all New Yorkers with comprehensive data updated on a daily basis, including:
  • Positive infections by date of students and staff by school and school district
  • Whether school/district (and student and staff) are remote, in-person or hybrid
  • Number of students and staff on-site
  • Percentage of on-site students and staff who test positive
  • Number of tests administered by the school, test type, lab used and lag time
  • Date of last submission/update

Visitors to the website will be able to type in their home address to identify their school district, select their specific school and find all reported positives, a breakdown of testing and results for students and teachers and the current enrollment. The dashboard will feature seven-day trend charts so visitors can track results over time.


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