Introducing PolicyMap COVID-19 Quick Maps

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Update (May 20, 2020): This post is part of a series providing publicly available maps, data, and insights to answer COVID-19 questions in your community. For more COVID-19 resources, go to PolicyMap Special Edition: COVID-19.

Maps can help us do more than track the spread of the virus.

Maps can provide us with the insights needed to create data-driven strategic interventions in communities across the United States. They allow us to identify where vulnerable populations live, hospitals that might be at risk of a surge in cases, neighborhoods without access to telehealth services or disproportionately impacted populations. Maps with data from disparate sources in a single application can illuminate answers to these issues.

Today, we are releasing a single, publicly available (beta) application focused on answering crucial questions faced by communities dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 virus. We’re calling it PolicyMap COVID-19 Quick Maps.

Data showing the rolling 7-day average of Covid-19 cases in Macon County

Our mission, since we launched PolicyMap in 2008, has been to curate, normalize, and make available disparate geographic data from across siloed agencies and private sector entities in a single, easy-to-use, application so that policymakers and others can more easily make data-driven decisions.

Now, with the current crisis gripping the US, data needs a place at the table more than ever.

Data in PolicyMap COVID-19 Quick Maps includes:

Map showing rolling 7-day average of Covid-19 cases across the U.S.

This new tool is built on the beta version of our new platform which, among other things, allows for the layering of up to five indicators to identify those places most in need. As a small business and Benefit Corporation, we are committed to making this available as a public resource given the current pandemic.

If you need more data and tools for your work beyond what is provided here, please contact us. PolicyMap maintains almost 50,000 indicators from over 150 sources for communities across the United States that can aid in the development of strategic plans and interventions.