Wednesday, October 07, 2020

CDC's coronavirus tracker now includes county-level data along the rural-urban spectrum

Screenshot from the CDC's Coronavirus infection tracker;
click the image to enlarge it or click here to see the interactive website.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's coronavirus infection tracker now parses pandemic data trends by a county's population size, along with other factors. So journalists or researchers can examine and compare, for example, overall rural infection trends, rural infections in Alabama, or even the impact of the pandemic on human mobility in a certain county over a desired time period.

Counties are divided into six categories along the National Center for Health Statistics' urban-rural classification scheme. That includes four metropolitan county types, one micropolitan county type, and one non-core county type for the most rural areas. Read more here.

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