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The State of COVID-19 Race and Ethnicity Data

We know COVID-19 is affecting Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color the most. But we need more and more standardized data to truly understand the impact to these communities—and to mitigate those disparities.

By Alice GoldfarbJanuary 29, 2021

State-Level Vaccine Demographic Data is Messy and Incomplete—We Need Federal Data, Now

Only a third of states and territories with public vaccine data share information on the race and ethnicity of vaccine recipients, and those that do share it do so in highly unstandardized ways. But data from the federal government could answer the question of who’s getting vaccinated.

By Alice Goldfarb & Kara W. SchechtmanJanuary 15, 2021

How We Hope Vaccines Will Be Tracked

The federal government seems poised to provide high-quality data on vaccinations, but even a minimal dataset must answer key questions about who is getting vaccinated.

By Alexis Madrigal & Kara W. SchechtmanDecember 22, 2020

Ultralight Recommendations for a National Pandemic Dashboard

The announcement of a forthcoming national pandemic dashboard is heartening news for COVID-19 data folks all over the country. We have a few modest suggestions for the team that will undertake this work.

By The COVID Tracking ProjectNovember 11, 2020

Introducing the COVID Tracking Project City Dataset

Our new data collection tracks the spread of COVID-19 in 65 cities and counties across the United States, and it lets us see how fatality rates vary widely across geographies.

By Nicki Camberg, Artis Curiskis, Kara Oehler, Judith Oppenheim, Catherine Pollack, Aarushi Sahejpal, & Sharon WangNovember 10, 2020

COVID-19 Race and Ethnicity Data: What’s Changed, and What Still Needs Improvement

Even with significant data unreported, the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color is clear.

Better COVID-19 Data Is Coming By August 1—But Will the Public See It?

Starting in August, new federal rules will require testing labs to report better data on the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. What happens to this new information is up to state and local officials. Journalists, open-data advocates, and members of the public can help us hold governments accountable for collecting and publishing this urgently needed data.

By Michael Parks & Nicole RiveraJune 29, 2020

Why Changing COVID-19 Demographics in the US Make Death Trends Harder to Understand

COVID-19 death data lags behind testing data in ways we mostly understand. What we only partly understand is how an infection rate that seems to be skewing younger will affect the death toll in surging regional outbreaks.

By Whet MoserJune 26, 2020

Early COVID-19 Race Data Shows Disproportionate Loss of Black Lives—It's Time for States to Release the Rest of the Data

We're still missing vital race and ethnicity data, but where the data is strongest—official COVID-19 death rates—the toll of longstanding public health inequities within Black communities is painfully clear. Five months into the US outbreak, several states are still not collecting or releasing complete demographic data required to address these disparities and safely re-open state economies. It's time for this to change.