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Making Sense of COVID-19 Data, Mapping, & Modeling Tools

A uniquely 21st century response to a global pandemic is a host of web-based tools and data sources to track, analyze, model and access information about COVID-19. The volume of information can be quite overwhelming. We’re here to help make sense of these resources, and to offer up a few of our favorites. Below, we’ve curated our favorite coronavirus data, modeling, and mapping resources that have emerged throughout this pandemic. Our focus in curating this collection is tools that are national in scope, and with data at least as granular as county-level (where possible). The landscape is changing quickly and we’ll continue to update this page. If you have a tool you find useful, please suggest it here.

Below you’ll find a curated list of resources, rather than a comprehensive compendium. We selected these based on (a) ease of use, (b) application for community engagement and programming, (c) accessibility of the data, and (d) transparency of the methods. We’ve organized the items into the following categories:


  1. Counting cases

  2. Racial data tracking

  3. Quick facts

  4. Focus on vulnerable populations

  5. Modeling the future

  6. Accessing raw data


Counting COVID Cases

The first tools to emerge in response to the crisis were related to counting COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths (and eventually testing), as we collectively seek to understand the scope of this event. Updated daily, these resources can help understand the current state. Johns Hopkins University has led the way, creating the first tracking map as the novel coronavirus emerged in China in early 2020. Their work has expanded to include now county-level maps and additional visualizations.

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The COVID Tracking Project
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
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Covid-19 Data Project
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Brought to you by BroadStreet
Staff Pick!
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COVID-19 United States Cases by County
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Brought to you by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019) Cases in the U.S.
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Brought to you by CDC
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State Testing Data by Race
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Brought to you by Johns Hopkins University
Staff Pick!
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The COVID Racial Data Tracker
Resource - Website/webpage
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Coronavirus in Indian Country: Latest Case Counts
Resource - Website/webpage
Published on 05/14/2020

Racial Data Tracking

Emerging data have indicated disparities in COVID-19 mortality in African American populations. We’ll update this list as more states make testing and outcome data available stratified by race and ethnicity.

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State Testing Data by Race
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Brought to you by Johns Hopkins University
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Communicating About Racial Equity and COVID-19: Connecting Data to Context
Resource - Guide/handbook
Brought to you by Public Health Institute
Staff Pick!
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The COVID Racial Data Tracker
Resource - Website/webpage
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Staff Pick!
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Quick Facts

We like the following resources to get a broad perspective with indicators covering a wide range of topics related to the crisis in a tight package.

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Census COVID Impact Report
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Published on 05/14/2020
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COVID-19 Indicator Report
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Brought to you by CARES
Staff Pick!
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Census COVID Resource Hub
Resource - Website/webpage
Published on 05/14/2020

Identifying the Most Vulnerable

As details emerge about who is most vulnerable to COVID-19, so have tools to map those populations. This includes older populations, and those with pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular, or respiratory diseases. The following resources explore those who are the most vulnerable to both COVID-19 and the related economic and social fallout.

Staff Pick!
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COVID-19 Vulnerability Footprint
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Brought to you by CARES

Modeling

Data modeling offers a glimpse into the future; it’s useful for planning and decision-making, but it’s not without caveats and challenges. To make our list, the model needs to be clear and transparent about what assumptions the model is making, and how best to use and interpret the information. We’ve also included a few resources that explain some challenges of data modeling and how to best use them. Note: There are multiple models that deal with hospital capacity and surge for healthcare planning. We have not included them but refer you to this resource for a full list. 

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COVID Act Now
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
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A Compendium of Models that Predict the Spread of COVID-19
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by American Hospital Association
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COVID-19 Models: Can They Tell Us What We Want to Know?
Resource - Blog
Brought to you by Kaiser Family Foundation
Staff Pick!
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COVID-19 Projections
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Brought to you by IHME
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Reich Lab COVID-19 Forecast Hub
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Published on 05/13/2020

Raw Data

Do you want to get your hands on the raw data? Here are a few resources which provide data download as tables or API

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The COVID Tracking Project
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Staff Pick!
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Case Counts
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Brought to you by Johns Hopkins University
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Dartmouth Atlas Project: COVID-19
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by Trustees of Dartmouth College
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COVID Race Data Dashboard
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
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Provisional COVID-19 Death Counts in the United States by County
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Brought to you by CDC

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