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Plymouth virus trend data inaccessible to general public
School Department's raw trend data far more accessible
The Town of Plymouth posts virus case counts daily on the Town's website without trend line graphs to contextualize the daily reports. Unlike the School Department's raw data spreadsheet released each Friday, which can be converted into chart form, Town case counts appear for one day and are deleted the next day, replaced by a new set of daily numbers.
A recent cluster of virus cases from the High Point Treatment Center accounted for at least 50 cases, which was a significant contributor to Plymouth moving back into the "red" community status, but the Town does not publish case or death data at congregate living facilities.
How many of the Town's virus cases and deaths can be accounted for at congregate living faculties is unknown.
The Town also does not publish trend data or charts on active cases and deaths.
The Town does however have data and charts derived from the Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiologic Network (MAVEN) network which can only be viewed on video during the Board of Health meetings. Access to the MAVEN network is restricted to public health officials, but the aggregate charts are public records.
Yet, the MAVEN charts detailing case counts and deaths, by age and gender, are not posted on the Town's website.
1620Today twice requested copies of the aggregate MAVEN charts publicly shared by Public Health Director Karen Keane at the March 24th Board of Health meeting but the charts were not provided. We instead took screen shots from the Board of Health PACTV replays, which even at double enlargement (see below) are effectively illegible and inaccessible to the general public.