LINCOLN, Nebraska (KLKN) – The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department received a national award for its response to COVID-19, officials announced Thursday.
This department received the 2023 Model Practice Award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
City officials said the award recognizes local health departments that address critical public health needs.
The department was recognized for its COVID-19 dashboard used to keep Lancaster County residents informed during the pandemic.
“The dashboard transforms the public health data we receive into a transparent and tangible tool, enabling people to track real-time information and local conditions right at their doorstep,” said Health Director Pat Lopez in a press release. mentioned in the release. “This data-driven approach has provided residents with sufficient information to show the impact of COVID-19 on their communities and whether they are at heightened risk.”
Nearly 15 million visits to the COVID-19 dashboard have been made since it opened in 2020, city officials said.