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The COVID Tracking Project is a volunteer organization launched from The Atlantic and dedicated to collecting and publishing the data required to understand the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

Every day, we collect data on COVID-19 testing and patient outcomes from all 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia. Our dataset is currently in use by national and local news organizations across the United States and by research projects and agencies worldwide. Our data API (which allows sites and apps to import our dataset automatically) receives about two million requests per day.

On April 15, 2020, we launched the COVID Racial Data Tracker, a partnership between the COVID Tracking Project and the Center for Antiracist Research that collects, publishes, and analyzes racial data on the pandemic within the United States.

On September 1, 2020, we launched the Long-Term-Care COVID Tracker to collect, publish, and analyze data on the pandemic in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the United States.

How we got here

In early March, two journalists at The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer and Alexis Madrigal, built a tracker for their investigation into lagging COVID-19 testing rates. Separately, Jeff Hammerbacher, Founder and General Partner at Related Sciences, built a tracking spreadsheet of his own. The two efforts came together March 7 and made a call for volunteers, our managing editor, Erin Kissane joined up, and the COVID Tracking Project was born.

Since then we have grown from a tiny team with a spreadsheet to a project with hundreds of volunteer data-gatherers, developers, scientists, reporters, designers, editors, and other dedicated contributors. Our advisory board provides guidance and accountability for the initiative as our work continues.

Team leads


We can’t list them all for privacy reasons, but here are some of our stalwart contributors:

Are you a volunteer who wants to be added to this list? Edit your profile in Slack and scroll down to "Volunteer web page."

Previous leads

Supported by

Our work continues thanks to the generous support of the Beneficus Foundation, Emerson Collective, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Patrick J. McGovern Foundation.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Emerson Collective
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation
Patrick J. McGovern Foundation