How Colorado’s outbreak data, meant to instill trust, could be doing the opposite

Greeley Tribune: Public health officials have worked for months to provide the public with data, charts and information explaining officials’ response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Whether officials used the data to justify imposing preventative measures to prevent spread of the virus or to lift such measures, they stressed how those decisions were informed by the numbers. But the data, as it’s presented to the public by state and county officials, doesn’t always instill confidence.

Several assisted living residents at Grace Pointe Senior Care Community, 1919 68th Ave., were concerned this past month after seeing the facility was still listed as an active outbreak more than a week after they believed the outbreak was resolved, according to Jennifer Peterson, director of marketing for Grace Pointe. The outbreak started Sept. 30, according to state data. Within a week, there were three cases among staff and three cases among residents. The outbreak then grew to include six cases among residents and seven cases among staff, according to state data from Oct. 14.

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