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ADVISORY: New Tool Offers County-Level Insight Into COVID-19 Impact

Nov. 16, 2020
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Cell: 443-547-8805
jrosen@jhu.edu jhunews@jhu.edu
Doug Donovan
Cell: 443-462-2947
dougdonovan@jhu.edu

The Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center has launched a new tool on its U.S. state tracking pages that provides county-level insight into the effects of COVID-19 through case and testing data measured against key demographic information, including race and poverty level. The Coronavirus Resource Center is the first to publish such a compilation of at the county level.

Using the tool, people can search by state to see how factors including daily cases, daily deaths, per capita case, death, and might differ across a state depending on the demographic makeup of certain counties. Available demographic overlays include “non-White,” “Black or African-American,” “Latino or Hispanic,” “American Indian or Alaska Native,” and “Below poverty line.”

People can use the tool to easily look for trends in how COVID-19 case numbers or testing rates might be different for certain populations and demographics. And because the data will be updated daily, people will be able to watch these trends over time.

The COVID-19 data and demographic breakdowns are available for Washington, D.C. and the 26 states and counties that make this information publicly available. In some jurisdictions the data either isn’t available, or isn’t offered in a format that the Coronavirus Resource Center can collect electronically. The full list of states covered by this tool currently includes: Alabama,
Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The tool: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/region

BACKGROUND: The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (CRC) is a continuously updated source of COVID-19 data and expert guidance. Experts aggregate and analyze the best data available on COVID-19—including cases, testing and contact tracing—to help the public, policymakers and healthcare professionals worldwide respond to the pandemic.

For more information, please contact Jill Rosen, jrosen@jhu.edu.                                                                                                        

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