In support of COVID-19 public health awareness efforts, on March 19, 2020, SharedGeo launched a website where users can visualize the spread of the virus across the U.S. beginning early March of that year. Unique to the map is a time sequence display of county level data made available by primarily using data from University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute’s COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard and the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases map by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at John Hopkins University.
In making this interface, SharedGeo also hoped to help Decision Makers understand there is a national need for better location granularity in reporting of pandemic related information. Although by-county reporting is better than the by-state approach still used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, effective decision support visualization will not occur until specificity is delivered on the census tract level or lower. As an example, it makes no sense to report the entire state of South Dakota as being highly impacted by a contiguous disease outbreak, when in fact the only place in the state experiencing any significant level of transmission is a small area in vicinity of Rapid City.
In addition to several mapping features, the site also hosts graphs which show trends by state or territory.
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