US COVID-19 Tracking Maps



Day 25 – Stay Home Order

Gov. Tim Walz eased some restrictions on Friday April 17, urging Minnesotans to enjoy more outdoor activities but warning against a false sense of security about COVID-19.

On Jan 14, Johns Hopkins University launched a new US-specific COVID-19 tracking map featuring county-level infection and population data (see below) with up-to-date information about the coronavirus pandemic. The tracking map provides data access to policymakers, external researchers and media organizations like CNN, The New York Times, The Guardian, and the Associated Press.

Having this kind of granular data and contextual information going forward will help public health officials and governments make data-informed decisions about whether additional resources are needed or, in the future, whether social distancing measures need to change.

Jennifer Nuzzo, Epidemiologist at The Johns Hopkins (source: Hub)

The Johns Hopkins Centers for Civic Impact, executive director Beth Blauer is quoted saying: “we wanted to provide just a little bit of context to the data so people understand the types of communities we have across the country, but also the impact that this kind of global pandemic can have on them”. The Covid-19 map of the Ramsey county, Minnesota (shown below) prepared by the university shows population with race & ethnicity, policy & cases along with health facts & infrastructure.

Covid-19 Health status report, Ramsey county, Minnesota. Image Source: Johns Hopkins
Interactive COVID-19 County-by-County Map

The Business Insider reports another “new coronavirus tracking map from IBM and its subsidiary, The Weather Channel which lets people see how the number of COVID-19 cases has changed over time in their county and the surrounding area”. It’s said to be the one of the first interactive maps showing county-by-county information. The new map from IBM reported to combine data with state and county data ‘to show a detailed breakdown of how COVID-19 is spreading across the US. People can use the map to select one county, or a range of counties, and see the number of confirmed cases and how they’ve changed over time’, writes the Business Insider.

Coronavirus Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of April 21, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 2,567 (out of 47,697 tested) with 160 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of April 21, 2:30 p.m.) there are 814,587 confirmed covid19 infection with 43,796 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 2,544,769 with 175,621 deaths.