Near Real-Time Exploration of the
COVID-19 Pandemic

The US COVID Atlas is a visualization tool led by a University of Chicago research coalition.
In a quickly changing pandemic landscape, our tool connects COVID case data and community indicators across the United States from its beginning to today. The Atlas helps you access current, validated county-level data and spatial analysis to better understand the spread in communities and to bolster planning efforts.

Version 2 brings new data, visualization modes, and tools to find insights about the pandemic.


Not ready to make the switch? Explore the original US Covid Atlas

Choropleth map showing COVID-19 spreading from July 1st to the end of December 2020, based on confirmed case per 10,000 persons at the county level. The Atlas is updated by 3pm each afternoon with the latest available data.


Atlas Features

Track regional hotspots in real-time

Statistical clusters of both confirmed and daily new COVID cases & deaths, with and without population adjustment.

Watch COVID-19 spread across the country

Watch the spread of accumulated or daily new COVID cases using a time slider and live time-animation.

Zoom in to focus down to the county level

Uncover trends of the pandemic by comparing different data sources, variables, and spatial analytic insights.

Tap into community and health contexts

Connect to relevant social, economic, and health indicators to provide meaningful community context.

How can the Atlas better equip you to respond to the pandemic?

Usage #1

Identify Regional Hotspots for Mitigation

Use spatial statistics to detect hot spots with raw case data or by adjusting for population. Because of the infectious nature of COVID, high numbers of cases anywhere will be of concern. At the same time, identifying areas that have a disporotionately high number of cases within the population is necessary to locate areas hit hardest by the pandemic.

Usage #2

Track patterns to better plan ahead

Visualize change over time to better understand the distribution and spread of COVID in the US throughout the pandemic. Move the time slider yourself or click the play button and watch the spread of COVID. Analyze patterns of the spread to support planning for resource allocation.

Usage #3

Interact and forecast viral spread at state and county levels

Switch between the state and county thematic maps (ie. choropleth maps) to find COVID at a local level. Then, select and track hotspots over time using the Local Moran's I statistic. Use a powerful visual analytic tool to find COVID spillovers along state borders, emerging from one county to areas nearby, and more.

Usage #4

Make visible vulnerable communities

Click on counties to get more information about community health factors and socioeconomic indicatore like average length of life in an area, percent uninsured, or income inequality metrics. In the main selection panel, overlay segregated cities or Native American Reservation boundaries to identify uniquely vulnerable locales.

Usage #5

Identify emerging risk

Watch hotspots progress or diminish over time, and identify areas of emerging risk early. Some hotspots begin as spatial outliers -- shown as pink in the map, meaning cases are high in that county but low in neighboring counties. If cases continue to grow and spillover nearby counties, the areas will turn red. Mature hotspots are clusters of counties that remain red over time and continue to grow.

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