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'The Learning Curve: Behind the Science' - Supervisor Fletcher discusses the data behind reopening schools

08/17/20

 

News 8's Shannon Handy sat down with County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher to hear more about the team of researchers the county is working with, and the challenges they're facing.

How are decisions made when it comes to the county and the data you guys are receiving?

"It is set up to be driven by data, by the science, by the facts," said Fletcher. "There's a lot of people working really hard, seven days a week, 16-18 hours a day to try and guide us through this."

Are you guys comparing the county numbers with the state benchmarks? Explain that for people if you can.

“Yeah, we have a series of metrics that were put in place that was really designed to give us insight into what's happening," said Fletcher. "One of the most challenging things of COVID is there's a significant delay between when it spreads and when that spread will show up in numbers. So, let's say you go to a party and it spreads and you leave. It may take seven to 10 days before you feel any symptoms, and then you think you should get tested and it takes a couple of days to get a test result and so it could be 14-15 days that you’ll show up in our system, even though it was weeks before, and so that is one of the great challenges. You have to take action before it's painfully obvious that you need to, and the preventive side of stopping the spread early is a challenge and often creates a strong disconnect with the public who say everything seems fine." READ MORE