The city of Columbia released a new information hub Tuesday that keeps track of all relevant data related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Boone County.
“You can examine the same data we are,” Mayor Brian Treece said at the news conference announcing the hub is public.
Treece said the reason for releasing this information was to increase transparency and to hopefully provide context for decisions the Columbia government makes in relation to COVID-19.
A new financial portal that allows Columbia residents to track the city’s spending on COVID-19 expenditures will also be launched later this week, he said.
During the conference Treece also touched on the city’s plans to continue to gradually reopen despite the increase of positive cases.
A sustained rise in positive cases would prevent the city from hitting benchmarks to reopen , he said.
After the announcement of four new cases Sunday, one new positive case was reported Monday by the city. No new cases were reported on Tuesday, according to a city news release.
Had the Monday number been four or higher, it would probably have given the city reason to take caution, Treece said. Two of the four reported cases were travel-related, which gave the city more confidence in continuing with its current reopening plan, he said.
“Hopefully, Sunday is an anomaly,” Treece said.