Those who saw any of the press briefings from Secretary Cohen and Governor Cooper will recall the emphasis on data-driven decision making and reliance on empirical evidence and trends for key indicators. The information to inform those indicators falls in four main categories:
- Healthcare capacity
- Equipment, especially personal protective equipment (PPE)
The data for each of those categories is generated and collected in a different way. Processes for the acquisition and exchange of data that work well for the relatively transient period of, e.g. a weather-related state emergency do not scale for the prolonged response that this pandemic requires. Learn about the challenges, successes and lessons learned during the COVID-19 crisis from NC DHHS's Data Office perspective.