In order to keep the public informed of the changing situation involving the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Martin Walsh of Boston has launched two data analytic dashboards that allow Boston residents to easily track the number of cases in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.
The Boston Department of Innovation and Technology’s Citywide Analytics Team created the dashboards and update the information when public data is released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). The CDC updates their numbers each afternoon, Monday-Friday, and the MDPH updates their numbers each afternoon.
The first dashboard includes a day-by-day breakdown graph of the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, and tracks daily updates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) for the number of COVID-19 cases.
The second dashboard includes information specific to the City of Boston – including total daily cases, recovered cases, and total cases over time. It also tracks the levels of testing done throughout the United States.
The dashboards are part of a suite of digital tools available to residents, which include a texting service available in six languages, online city services, and frequently updated resources and fact sheets available on www.boston.gov/coronavirus. The page includes information on how to volunteer, make donations, transport assistance for healthcare workers, and homelessness resources.
“Ensuring residents have accurate, up-to-date information about the corona virus is critical during this challenging time,” said Mayor Marty Walsh. “These dashboards are another resource for residents to gather information and stay informed as we follow public health guidelines to keep ourselves and each other safe.”