BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WBRC) – Even after the school’s COVID-19 dashboard was released, there were still a lot of questions about the reporting process. District nurses say the reporting process is straightforward and can be completed in minutes.
However, the hardest part is reminding people to call your local nurses with COVID-19 reports so they can have specific numbers to report.
With a few swipes and clicks, the head nurse at Midfield City School was able to send the district school’s COVID-19 data directly from her phone within minutes. Data entry asks for the total number of student cases, employee cases and the total number of cases in the district.
“Once we got in on Tuesday, if we didn’t have one, we put 0,” said Pamela Phillips, head nurse for the Midfield City Schools District.
Nurses are required to submit data every Tuesday and the dashboard is updated for the public every Friday. The latest update shows a total of 1,592 cases statewide.
As the senior nurse, Pamela Phillips compiles COVID-19 case reports from each Midfield City School to create a district report for the dashboard. She says nurses rely primarily on employees and parents who themselves report cases of COVID-19 in schools. It’s an honor system for the highly contagious disease that nurses across the state urge people to take seriously.
“Have people who won’t tell you,” said Phillips, “I don’t know why because we need the data because we need to know what our cases are and if you’re in school you do. so everyone else ill.
Midfield City Schools is still virtual, so the COVID-19 reports they send out only include teacher data.
The district is also required to send detailed COVID-19 health reports to the Alabama Department of Public Health, which includes a detailed description of things like possible cases and COVID exposures. The state then works to verify the reported cases.
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