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COVID-19 Outbreak Tip: Here’s How To Track Cases In Your State

The U.S. government is changing its strategy to prepare for the surge of patients entering hospitals because of COVID-19. To help authorities and the public monitor the coronavirus outbreak, researchers at Johns Hopkins University created a global cases map that provides real-time information on the number of infections in the U.S. and other affected regions. 

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams announced on Sunday that the country is likely to see more deaths due to COVID-19. However, federal health officials and doctors still find it difficult to accurately count confirmed cases of coronavirus and fatalities.

The virus surprised the world since it took less than three months to move from its origin city of Wuhan in China to 104 countries and territories around the world. There are now nearly 110,000 cases and more than 3,800 deaths linked to COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Community spread of the coronavirus has also been increasing in many countries, including the U.S. It means residents contracted the virus even without a travel history to foreign areas. 

In the past week, the number of new cases appeared nearly nine times higher than the newly recorded cases in China, where the virus was first detected, CNN reported Monday.

"Initially, we had a posture of containment so that we could give people time to prepare for where we are right now,” the U.S. surgeon general told CNN. “We're shifting into a mitigation phase, which means that we're helping communities understand you're going to see more cases. Unfortunately, you're going to see more deaths but that doesn't mean that we should panic.”

COVID-19 Global Cases Map

Johns Hopkins researchers developed the COVID-19 Global Cases map to help the public monitor the affected areas and communities. The site would help people plan future travels and events to reduce the risk of contracting the virus. 

The team at the university’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) provides information on the location and number of cases, deaths and recoveries at city level in the U.S. and other countries including Australia and Canada. COVID-19 Global Cases map also tracks infections at the province level in China.

“In response to this ongoing public health emergency, we developed an interactive web-based dashboard hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, to visualize and track reported cases in real-time," JHU explained in a blog post

The university launched the site on Jan. 22. The COVID-19 Global Cases map shares all data for free through a GitHub repository and updates every 15 minutes to provide the latest case counts from all affected countries and regions. 

The Johns Hopkins team said they monitor Twitter feeds and online news services and directly communicate to regional and local health departments to identify new cases. 

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases Map An interactive web-based dashboard to track COVID-19 in real time by Johns Hopkins University. Dong E, Du H, Gardner L./Johns Hopkins University

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