Thursday, January 28, 2021

Covid Risk Maps

The New York Times has released an interactive map which shows the risk level of catching Covid-19 in every U.S. county. The See Covid-19 Risk in Your County map uses data from Covid-19 tests and reported cases to show the risk assessment of catching Coronavirus at the county level. 

Individual counties on the NYT map are colored to show the current risk level. If you hover over a county then you can view the number of average daily cases in the county and the average number of cases per 100,000 people. Even though the number of daily cases in the U.S. has fallen a little during January you can see from the map that in the majority of the country the risk of catching Covid-19 is still 'extremely' or 'very' high.


Another way that you can assess your local risk of catching Covid-19 is to consult the Harvard Global Health Institute's COVID Risk Level map which shows the severity of the Covid-19 outbreak at county level across the United States. The map reveals which counties have a green, yellow, orange or red risk level, based on the local number of new daily cases.

On the map counties that have fewer than one daily new case of Covid-19 per 100,000 people are colored green. Counties with one to nine daily new cases are colored yellow. Counties with between 10 and 24 new cases are colored orange and counties with 25 new cases per day are shown in red. The map also allows you to view the Covid-19 risk levels at state level.

Alongside the map the Harvard Global Health Institute has released recommendations and guidance about how counties should respond to the Covid-19 outbreak risk levels. If a county is shown as red on the map then stay-at-home orders are absolutely necessary. Counties shown as orange are advised to have stay-at-home orders and test and trace programs. If a county currently has a yellow risk level then a rigorous test and trace program is advised. Counties which are shown as green should continue to monitor with testing and contact tracing.

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