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CDPHE launches new Monkeypox data dashboard tool to track case numbers in Colorado

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- In response to the recent surge in cases across the state, the Department of Public Health has launched a new monkeypox data dashboard.

The dashboard was created with input from local health agencies to ensure transparency to the public.

The dashboard is similar to the Covid-19 data dashboard launched in 2020.

This dashboard is through the entire state, but it does provide data at the county level. It lists the total number of cases by month from May until August to track trends as well as hospitalizations.

The chart goes into detail at the state level and breaks down the demographics such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and age to track which populations could be more at risk.

The dashboard also breaks down the cases by county. As of Thursday at 10 a.m. there have been ten cases reported in El Paso County.

The information is updated Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m.

The FDA-approved vaccine is limited in Colorado, b it is available for those who are considered high risk.

For anyone who thinks they may have been recently exposed to monkeypox, or for anyone considered high-risk, heath experts recommend looking into getting the FDA-approved vaccine.

Health experts advise contacting a health care provider or clinic to discuss testing and avoid physical contact with others for anyone who thinks they have been exposed. Symptoms may begin with flu-like symptoms followed by a rash or skin bumps.

For more information on the data dashboard, where to find a vaccine or to locate a testing site, click here.

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Natasha Lynn

Natasha is a reporter for Good Morning Colorado during the week and on weekends.

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