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Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today released a new flu surveillance data dashboard, updating its standard weekly flu surveillance reporting with more detail, including enhanced data visuals, year-over-year comparisons for surveillance factors and new insight into flu vaccination rates by jurisdiction.
The release comes amid concern about the potential for the state’s health care system to become overwhelmed as the flu season progresses and Maryland simultaneously combats its second resurgence of widespread COVID-19 infections.
“The new dashboard offers more dynamic information about the statistics we monitor every flu season. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the goal is to provide as much data as possible,” said MDH Secretary Robert R. Neall. “We want the public to have the information they need and the incentive to take appropriate action—get a flu shot, wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance.”
MDH’s flu dashboard captures a weekly snapshot of flu-like illness using several different systems and methods to report. Data are sourced from emergency departments and urgent care providers; community-based providers and individuals; clinical labs and the MDH Public …
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