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Federal Testing Data’s Last Mile

Federal testing data is already more standardized and more detailed than the data we compile from states can ever be. But in some jurisdictions, state-provided data still provides a more comprehensive picture of testing volume. The federal government should address lingering quality problems so its data can become the national standard.

By Kara W. SchechtmanFebruary 17, 2021

Federal COVID Data 101: Working with Hospitalization Numbers

Here’s a walkthrough of the Department of Health and Human Services’ dataset and what you should know about it.

By Dave Luo & Catherine PollackFebruary 16, 2021

Why Some States Won’t Share Race and Ethnicity Data on Vaccinations with the CDC—and Why That’s a Problem

We sent requests for data-use agreements to 56 states and territories to learn what vaccination data was being shared with the federal government. We found that several states—including California and Texas—aren’t sharing race and ethnicity data on vaccinations with the CDC, citing patient privacy laws. In better news, most states are.

By Caitlin Antonios, Mohar Chatterjee, Georgia Gee, Derek Kravitz, & Kyra SeneseFebruary 16, 2021

The Third Surge Continues to Ease: This Week in COVID-19 Data, Feb 11

Another week of good news: Cases and hospitalizations continue to drop nationally, and deaths are down for the second week in a row. We’re concerned about ambiguous indicators in the Northeast, and about testing declines.

A Better Approach to Comparing and Assessing State-Level COVID-19 Data Reporting

We’re replacing state letter grades with detailed and explanatory assessments of each state’s data.

By Alice Goldfarb & Sara SimonFebruary 10, 2021

Learn More About Using Federal COVID-19 Data with The COVID Tracking Project

In February and March, we’ll hold a series of free trainings to help anyone who uses our data to understand existing federal numbers.

By Rachel GlickhouseFebruary 9, 2021
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