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The COVID Tracking Project project


The COVID Tracking Project collects information from 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and 5 other US territories to provide the most comprehensive testing data we can collect for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. We currently attempt to include positive and negative results, hospitalizations, and total people tested for each state or district currently reporting that data.

Who is already working on this

This project combines two initial independent efforts. Jeff Hammerbacher, Founder and General Partner at Related Sciences, built a tracking spreadsheet. Separately, two journalists, Robinson Meyer and Alexis Madrigal, built a tracker for a story in The Atlantic. The two efforts came together March 7, and made a call for volunteers to help keep the data updated, tune processes, work on scrapers, and make a website. Alexis Madrigal continues to lead the overall project. Jeff Hammerbacher has returned to his work at Related Sciences, we send eternal gratitude his way. Erin Kissane is our managing editor. We currently have over 75 other volunteers, including over a dozen workstream co-leads in areas such as coding, data entry, visualization, journalism, and outreach to state and local governments and commercial laboratories.

How far along it is

Since its inception on March 2, 2020, our project has been cited by several major news outlets, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Politico, Vox, Talking Points Memo, and Minnesota Public Radio, many of which have also used our API to create visualizations of the spread of COVID-19.

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Tasks that need to get done

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