Usually, we only update our K-12 school COVID-19 data annotations every two weeks. But it came to my attention during a COVID Tracking Project shift yesterday that Iowa has taken down a page on its dashboard that used to report test positivity by school district. The page now goes to a 404 error, and there’s no mention of school data elsewhere on the state’s COVID-19 website.
Yes, test positivity is a fraught metric—it should be used with a combination of other factors, not as a sole determinant of whether a school district can open for in-person learning. But it’s still troubling that this state took down the closest thing it had to school data reporting. What’s up, Iowa?