Southwest launches COVID-19 activity dashboard
By Diana Fedinec
September 14, 2020
Southwest Tennessee Community College has launched a COVID-19 dashboard to keep students, employees and the public informed of individuals who have self-reported testing positive. The College is grateful to students, faculty, staff and guests who participate in the College’s self-reporting program to help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus on campus.
The dashboard is located on the College’s Coronavirus website and contains information about positive case activity at Southwest locations. Southwest’s COVID-19 Task Force uses this information to make informed decisions about the health and safety of the campus and the surrounding community.
Southwest’s dashboard is updated weekly each Thursday by 12:00 p.m. Two other dashboards are provided on the Coronavirus website that provide metrics external to the college: Shelby County and State of Tennessee’s COVID-19 dashboard (updated every day by 4:30 p.m.) and the Tennessee Board of Regents COVID-19 dashboard.
The College’s positive cases are reported weekly to TBR, Southwest’s governing body, and on a case by case basis to the Shelby County Health Department. The identities of those reported as COVID-19 positive, or potentially exposed to an infected COVID-19 person, are never reported in the dashboards.
Although positive case numbers for Southwest have been extremely low in comparison to other TBR institutions, given the rise of COVID-19 cases across college campuses nationwide due to off-campus activity, it is probable the College could see an increase in cases. Southwest will continue to vigilantly monitor and inform students and employees of positive cases and respond according to the health and safety measures outlined in the College’s Back to Campus Plan and Centers for Disease and Control Prevention and local public health guidelines.
For more information on the College’s Coronavirus response, visit http://www.southwest.tn.edu/coronavirus/. To learn more about the four phases of the Back to Campus Plan, visit Southwest’s Back to Campus Plan site.