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Department of Public Health Launches New Viral Respiratory Illness Dashboards

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has launched several new weekly dashboards that track viral respiratory illness trends across the Commonwealth focusing on COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

The viral respiratory illness dashboards will streamline the previous weekly flu reports, which DPH has produced for many years during flu season, and the COVID-19 data updates, which DPH has provided daily and weekly since the early days of the pandemic in March 2020.

“The new dashboards build on our ongoing commitment to sharing comprehensive public data reports and align with increased recognition of the need to share data on viral respiratory diseases more broadly as illustrated by last year’s COVID-19, flu, and RSV ‘tripledemic,’” said Dr. Catherine Brown, state epidemiologist. “Our goals are to focus on metrics that are useful at this time for public-health action and for individuals to make informed decisions about their choice of activity and use of prevention tools.”

The new Viral Respiratory Illness Reporting homepage features a snapshot of respiratory illness in Massachusetts with opportunities to explore more in-depth data by clicking on different dashboards. Opportunities to compare current data to previous seasons appear throughout the new dashboards. All dashboards will be updated weekly on Thursdays.