Reliable and complete information is vital to making decisions. Data and metrics are what Gov. Kim Reynolds said she and public health advisors have been using to decide when and where to open or close bars and other establishments in the age of COVID-19. But when certain data and metrics are hidden from public view, or not collected at all, how can Iowans be sure that it’s our best interest – and not someone else’s interest – that’s driving the decisions?
The state’s coronavirus website, which is accessible to anyone with an internet connection, reports the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, recoveries and deaths per county. It breaks down the percent of cases per age group, race and ethnicity, and even tells the occupations of the people who’ve died, and whether they had pre-existing conditions. A separate page lists the long term care facilities that have active COVID-19 outbreaks, with details about how many residents have tested positive for the disease, and how many have recovered.