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Harvard’s Assessment Map Lets You Track Coronavirus Cases In Your County

Pinning down the regions where COVID-19 cases have been placed in a spot, there are questions on the accuracy of reporting and being made aware of which regions are considered hotspots. Thankfully, the Harvard Global Health Institute has come up with a map that can guide people in determining the COVID-19 risks in counties.

The Harvard Global Health Institute has a color-coded map where the risk in counties can be seen. As for coding, the red marks represent more than 25 cases per day per 100,000 people while the orange, yellow and green coded areas represent less than one case per day per 100,000 people. Aside from these, some colors represent contact tracing, rigorous testing and stay at home orders to help guide locals, CNet reported.

"Robust TTSI [testing, tracing and supported isolation] programs are key on the pathway to suppression. We need to consistently apply data-driven testing of hotspots, combined with contact tracing based testing, especially in states where case numbers are rising rapidly," Ashish K. Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said in a statement. "It is what we need to get the virus level so low that we don't have large numbers of people getting sick and dying and that we can open up our economy."

The Harvard Global Health Institute color-coded map should come in handy, although there are some reporting that users have been experiencing poor loading when visited. With a large number of people accessing it, there may be a need to boost resources to help accommodate a wider range of users. The Harvard Global Health Institute is addressing this issue to help improve loading and viewing better.

COVID-19 contact tracing Contact tracing amid the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to help countries and communities monitor the spread of the disease and prevent new outbreaks. Pixabay

The beauty of the Harvard Global Health Institute color-coded map is that it is also flexible. Folks have the luxury of navigating to easily find the numbers they want to know. This includes seeing the new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people during a seven-day rolling basis. Searches can also be filtered to see the region where a visitor needs information.

Compared to the reports coming from the Johns Hopkins University, the Harvard Global Health Institute map offers people to easily get the information about a specific location. With COVID-19 numbers accessible now, the right information affecting regions should aid in delivering proper updates to individuals in any county.

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