COVID dashboard for Jeffco Schools

When Jeffco Schools discontinued its COVID dashboard this summer, JPEN decided to create a new JPEN Jeffco Schools COVID dashboard to fill the gap. At this time, the JPEN dashboard includes cases among Jeffco children ages 0-19. We also maintain a list of active outbreaks in K-12 schools throughout Colorado. 

Since we created this dashboard, Jeffco Schools has reinstated a COVID-19 dashboard for 2021-22 as well.

Our data comes from from Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and school districts across Colorado. Case data includes all students in Jeffco Schools, as well as reported cases from students who live in Jeffco but attend private schools, attend schools in other districts, or are homeschooled. In addition, students who attend Jeffco Schools but live in another county are not reported here. 

JCPH tracks COVID cases by age. The data on their website is updated weekly on Monday evenings.

This JPEN dashboard will be updated approximately weekly. More detailed COVID-19 case data is available from JCPH and CDPHELast update: Oct. 13, 2021.

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Case Counts

Jeffco Cases Among Children 0-9

Graph showing rate of cases among Jeffco students ages 0-9

Jeffco Cases Among Children 10-19

Graph showing cases among Jeffco children ages 10-19 years as of Oct. 11.

Active Outbreaks in Colorado K-12 Schools

Active Outbreaks by County

CDPHE tracks outbreaks in a variety of settings, including K-12 schools.  CDPHE defines an outbreak as, “five or more confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19, of which at least one case has had a positive molecular amplification test or antigen test in a facility or (non-household) group with onset in a 14 day period.”   The state outbreak data is updated weekly on Wednesdays.

Active Outbreaks by District and School

COVID-19 in Colorado children

A common narrative is that children don’t get COVID-19, and if they do, it isn’t serious. Delta has changed the calculus of pediatric COVID-19 cases:

  • There have been 124,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Colorado children. This means at least 9 percent of all Colorado children have been infected.
  • Jeffco weekly cases among children 0-9 are higher than they were at the COVID peak in November of last year, and still trending up.
  • There are more than four times the cases in Jeffco children now as there were this time last year.
  • Almost 1,200 Colorado children have been hospitalized (1 percent of cases).
  • 20 Colorado children have died of COVID-19. 

Masks work

As part of this dashboard, JPEN maintains a comparison of counties where universal masking has been required since the start of the school year to those where there is no mask mandate, only some districts in the county have a mask mandate, or a mask mandate was instituted after the start of the school year.

Statistics comparing districts that didn’t have mandates at the start of the school year to those that did continue to improve as more districts put universal mask mandates in place.

CDPHE defines an outbreak as five or more cases in a 14-day period. School outbreaks as of Oct. 12 are 2.5 times higher in El Paso County where masks are optional than Jeffco where universal masking has been in place since the start of the school year. Total cases related to outbreaks are 2.3 times higher in El Paso County.

School outbreaks lead to classroom and school closures, making this an important metric.

Chart comparing outbreaks in Jeffco vs El Paso

Comparing counties across the state school outbreaks are 3.9 times higher where there hasn’t been universal masking since the start of the school year than where there has been. Total cases related to these outbreaks are 4.8 times higher.

When comparing counties across the state, school outbreaks are 2.6 times higher in districts without universal masking since the start of the school year as of Oct. 12. Total cases related to these outbreaks are 2.3 times higher, as of Oct. 12, in districts without universal masking in place from the beginning of the year.

Chart comparing cases in districts with a mask mandate vs without.

Jeffco Hospitalizations, Ages 0-30

JCPH reports hospitalizations by age, but groups K-12 students in a 0-30 age group range.  The graph below shows the 14-day rolling average of hospitalizations.

Graph showing hospitalizations among Jeffco people aged 0-30 as of Oct. 11.

Colorado Metro-Area COVID Pediatric Hospitalizations

CDC tracks hospitalizations by age via COVID-NET.  This reporting system includes nearly 100 counties in 10 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Tennessee).

In Colorado, counties participating in the reporting program are Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson.

The graph below show rates of pediatric hospitalizations per 100,000 population in the five participating Colorado counties.

This graph is not a rolling average and shows actual reported hospitalizations by week.

Graph showing net COVID hospitalizations in 5-county Denver metro area as of Oct 11

For comparison, the graph below show rates of pediatric hospitalizations per 100,000 population in all of the counties in the states participating in COVID-NET reporting.

This graph is not a rolling average and shows actual reported hospitalizations by week.

Graph showing COVID hospitalizations among children 0-17 in the Denver metro area, updated Oct. 11

For comparison, the graph below show rates of pediatric hospitalizations per 100,000 population in all of the counties in the states participating in COVID-NET reporting.

This graph is not a rolling average and shows actual reported hospitalizations by week.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) maintains state level pediatric COVID data. Colorado cases are above the national average, both for percent of children in the state who have had confirmed COVID-19 infections and in percent of cases resulting in death.

COVID-19 is a Leading Cause of US Deaths in Children

Peterson KFF analyzed CDC mortality data by age and found that COVID is a leading cause of death in the United States, even in children.

The chart below shows that in 2021, COVID has ranked in the top 10 leading causes of death among children:

  • Ages 1-4: 7th to 15th leading cause of death
  • Ages 5-14: 6th to 12th leading cause of death
  • Ages 15-24: 4th to 7th leading cause of death

“Yes, it is absolutely true that COVID-19 is less severe in kids than it is in adults, and particularly older adults,” said Dr. Sean O’Leary of Children’s Hospital Colorado. “But in absolute numbers, COVID is causing more harm to kids than influenza, which we consider to be a serious condition for kids, even in a typical year.”

The numbers are more sobering when you consider that deaths in kids in the United States – even in a typical year – are rare, O’Leary said. “This is where the conversation about severity gets a little bit more complicated,” he added.

graph of COVID-19 and child mortality

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