Durango, Colo.: On Monday, May 18, San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH), in response to changes by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), made changes to the way that it reports deaths to align with the new state protocols. The SJBPH Data Dashboard, https://sjbpublichealth.org/sjbph-data-dashboard/, now reflects the two new reporting categories: deaths among people with COVID-19 and deaths among people who died from COVID-19.

SJBPH has always adhered to CDPHE’s protocols for COVID-19 case investigations, quarantine and isolation, and reporting. Through Friday, May 15, SJBPH followed CDPHE’s guidance on case definition of COVID-19 deaths. Upon the announcement on Friday evening of CDPHE’s changes a, SJBPH has updated its protocols for reporting deaths effective May 18, 2020. These protocols include reporting:

1. The number of deaths among people with COVID-19. This represents the total number of deaths reported among people who have COVID-19, but COVID-19 may not have been the cause of death listed on the death certificate.

AND:

2. The number of deaths among people who died from COVID-19: This represents the total number of people whose death was attributed to COVID-19 as indicated on a death certificate.

For the most up to date information on how to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19, visit SJBPH’s website at: https://sjbpublichealth.org/coronavirus/.