A graduating student reflects on her year working with the Atlas team

By Laura Chen

Laura Chen is a graduating senior at the University of Chicago. She is a Research Assistant with the US Covid Atlas Project and Center for Spatial Data Science.

Editor’s note: The US COVID Atlas team is grateful for the work that Laura has contributed over the past year, including generating beautiful graphics (some of which are featured below) and compelling insights for the Atlas coalition and user community. Congratulations to Laura, Kenna, & all 2021 graduates!

When I started working for the US COVID Atlas in the Fall, the United States was seeing rising COVID-19 cases on…


By Kenna Camper

Kenna Camper is a graduating senior at the University of Chicago. For the last year, she has worked as a Research Assistant with the US Covid Atlas Project and Center for Spatial Data Science.

Editor’s note: The US COVID Atlas team is grateful for the work that Kenna has contributed over the past year, including generating stunning graphics (some of which are featured below) and compelling insights for the Atlas coalition and user community. Congratulations to Kenna & all 2021 graduates!

As summer approaches, I’m about to wrap up a year of working with the US COVID…


Exploring the pandemic’s impact on higher education

By Laura Chen

Source: Chalkbeat.org

The pandemic’s impact on higher education has introduced a host of issues for students’ mental health, learning, and overall college experience. Since the pandemic caused a nationwide frenzy to self-quarantine and contain infections, the shift from in-person to digital learning forced many college students and teachers to adapt to the challenges of online classes quickly.

Many of these challenges have been linked to increased distractions, low motivation, lack of technology, and proper internet access as well as higher rates of anxiety and stress. A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research examined 195 students who…


Weekly update from the US COVID Atlas

By Kenna Camper

As vaccination eligibility has opened up to all adults in the U.S., states have also started to lift COVID-related restrictions. As of March 15, According to the CDC, 34% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, and 45% have received at least one dose. However, vaccination trends across states and counties vary, along with the extent to which states are rolling back mask mandates and capacity restrictions. Given such differences, how do vaccination trends, case numbers, and pandemic restrictions compare across the country?

Vaccination trends

Maine, New Jersey, Connecticut, South Dakota, Vermont, and New Mexico have the highest percentages…


By Laura Chen

In the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the way students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade experience education. It has both revealed and exacerbated the inequities that certain students already face in the public education system. For low-income students of color, access to adequate academic resources was already an issue pre-pandemic. In the past decade, multiple studies have shown that the average black or Hispanic student is roughly two years behind the average white one. Moreover, schools in low-income communities are poorly funded compared to schools in higher-income communities, where the majority of its…


By Kenna Camper

Kenna Camper is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Chicago and a Research Assistant with the US Covid Atlas Project and Center for Spatial Data Science at University of Chicago.

COVID-19 has taken an incomprehensible number of lives since the pandemic began last year. In the U.S. alone, we’ve reached over 570,000 deaths and 32 million COVID cases. For me, it has become more and more difficult to conceptualize these amounts of people as the numbers increase. In order to help people see the lives lost through COVID, Dylan Halpern, our principal software engineer, collaborated…


Weekly update from the US COVID Atlas team

By Kenna Camper

Over 183 million COVID vaccines have been administered across the U.S. and over 70 million are fully vaccinated, including those who have received the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, according to the CDC. Still, the 7-day average new case numbers have increased over this past week, reaching about 65,000 to 75,000 cases per day, alarming health officials and hospitals nationwide.

This has left many, including us, wondering: If more vaccinations are being distributed, why has there been an uptick in cases?

We can now explore rates of full vaccination at the county level on the US…


By Laura Chen & Susan Paykin

Image courtesy of CDC.

New CDC data on COVID-19 vaccination rate shows that many states are still facing significant inequalities in distribution of vaccines across racial and ethnicity groups, with non-white populations disproportionately fewer shots.

The CDC has committed to ensuring equity in its COVID-10 vaccine distribution by targeting those communities most impacted by COVID. To date, more than one third of all adults in the United States have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, marking a significant milestone on the path toward achieving herd immunity. …


By Kenna Camper, Susan Paykin, and Dylan Halpern

In recent weeks, vaccination production and administration have ramped up, with a current rate of about 2.5 million people being vaccinated per day, and a total of 44 million adults in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated. About 25% of Americans have received the first vaccine dose, and daily average new case rates have dropped significantly since January. However, this rate is still high at around 53,000 new cases per day, and the total number of COVID cases has reached over 29 million.

This data, along with a state-by-state breakdown, is available…


By Kenna Camper

While COVID continues to spread throughout the United States, the recent increase in vaccine distribution and administration brings hope, as these vaccinations are an important tool in combating the spread of the virus. Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are authorized for use in the U.S., and both vaccines require two separate doses. You can now view state-level data for the first and second doses on the US Covid Atlas, and we anticipate making county-level data available as vaccinations become more widely distributed.

Visualizing Vaccine Data

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), since the vaccine rollout…

US Covid Atlas

The US COVID Atlas is a near real-time visualization tool that helps you access county-level COVID data & spatial analysis. Led by University of Chicago.

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