Mission: To increase understanding of where and how quickly COVID-19 is spreading in the United States.
Background: With the aim of giving ordinary Americans a better understanding of trends in U.S. government revenues and spending, population demographics, and policy outcomes, USAFacts, a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic initiative, aggregates and standardizes assorted data and presents it in plain language along with helpful visualizations. The idea is to give Americans the information they need to ground public debate in facts — and assess the direction in which the country is moving, on multiple fronts, for themselves. As COVID-19 spreads across the nation, the USAFacts team has developed a map to track the outbreak from coast to coast with the aim of helping Americans better understand where the virus is spreading and how it could impact their families, commerce, and travel.
Outstanding Web Features: Coronavirus in the United States: Mapping the COVID-19 outbreak is an interactive feature that aggregates data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health agencies, and academic institutions, including Johns Hopkins University. County-level data is confirmed by referencing state and local agencies directly. Visitors to the site get a quick snapshot view of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and the current death toll. Visitors also can explore a map of active confirmed cases by state, as well as regularly updated graphs of confirmed cases and deaths dating back to the first reported case in the U.S. on January 22. The site also makes the data available (under a Creative Commons license) in downloadable spreadsheet form.