CLEVELAND — As COVID-19 cases continue to spike in Cleveland, residents can now keep an eye on the latest updates by turning to a new interactive COVID-19 tracker from Case Western Reserve University and the city's Department of Public Health.
The new data-tracing system allows users to keep track of cases by zip code and follow the daily number of reported COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
"The dashboard and weekly Public Report are a resource to understand what is happening with COVID cases in your neighborhood–what's happening near your home," Peter Zimmerman, professor of pathology at Case's School of Medicine, said. "People can use this information to make informed decisions about their activities."
Some of the main features of the interactive dashboard include daily broken down data based on zip code, information on gender, race, ethnicity and age of COVID-19 positive cases, a seven-day moving average of COVID cases by zip code and a weekly case summary. The weekly case summary highlights data trends and shows additional information on vaccination rates of Cleveland residents.
The latest numbers show some starting facts for the battle against COVID-19 in the city, namely a new pandemic record of 1,274 new cases reported on Dec. 22. During last winter's surge, the number peaked at only 494.
In the spring semester, CWRU senior computer science major Austin Wilson led a group of students to design the system. The group continued its work into the fall, with Wilson stating that the dashboard is an ongoing project and will continue to be updated over the course of the spring semester.
In developing the virtual dashboard, CWRU Students were accompanied by researchers from the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Masters of Public Health Program and the Center for Global Health and Diseases at the School of Medicine.
Those interested in reviewing the COVID-19 case numbers in Cleveland can visit the Cleveland COVID-19 Public Dashboard here.