Visually Mapping COVID-19 across the U.S.
Everyone handles stressful times differently. My wife reads a lot of articles about what is happening with COVID-19 but she doesn't really dive into the numbers. I, on the other hand, am a numbers person. I've been regularly watching the numbers for a while. I've used several different sites to track what is happening. Finally, I have settled on WorldoMeters.info. This site does not have good graphic representation, but it has the best numbers. It allows me to see the numbers in detail for all countries and states. A colleague of mine also found a New York Times page which tracks the cases by county which is helpful.
The above mentioned colleague, Jordan Holt, teaches graphic design at my university. A couple of days ago he realized that the data visualization of most COVID-19 maps were poorly conceived and did not allow for a strong visualization of what was happening. So, he developed a map that allows people to better visualize what is happening, using the New York Times data sited earlier. His first map was made on March 18th. We will post updates as he is able to complete them. We will leave all past maps on this page to allow for a visual history of the development of this pandemic in the United States.