This dashboard aims to inform Florida State University's student body, student leadership, and faculty & administration regarding COVID-19.
Historical versions of the fall2020.fsu.edu website were archived using the Archive.org project "The WayBack Machine" to be stored for reference. "Number of tests," "Student positive tests," "Positive employee tests," and "Positivity rate" are copied directly from this resource.
These weekly reports are manipulated in Excel to reveal the differences in numbers between weekly reports, as well as estimating the negative tests by subtracting the positive test count from the total number of tests. The raw dataset is provided to the right for reference. Please email email@example.com with any concerns regarding data validity.
Limitations and Discrepancies
The source data used is from FSU's Covid-19 resource found on fall2020.fsu.edu. However, there are differences between this data and a statement provided by FSU. The 9/4 version of the site displayed 3,429 tests and 839 (difference of 716) student positives, and 14 (difference of 8) employee positives, resulting in a displayed positivity rate of 20.9%. Dividing (716+8)/3429 = a 21.1% positivity rate. This is confirmed in a Tallahassee Democrat article, where the University communicated that 3,429 tests had taken place during this period with 724 positives (confirming =716+8) and correctly stated that this was a 21.1% positivity rate. The website showed 20.9%, educating the assumption that it is only factoring students in the positivity rate, as 716/3429 = 20.88%. This is the only period to do this (as of 9/4), as factoring students and faculty into the positivity rate yields the correct rates displayed on the site for the 8/30 and 8/23 publications. This is a minor difference, but important to note.