The numbers around COVID-19 can seem overwhelming. Is it spreading? Where in North Carolina is COVID-19 spreading fastest? How is COVID-19 impacting people according to age, race or gender?
The Cone Health Enterprise Analytics team has built an online tool to help people make sense of the numbers. The tool is free and available at https://coviddata.conehealth.com/.
The prediction modeling tool provides the same information Cone Health uses to guide decision-making around COVID-19. It is also used by several area universities and businesses to track and plan during the pandemic.
Cone Health Chief Analytics Officer Rick Pro says the goal is to help people better understand the pandemic and make better decisions.
“Everyone hears about modeling being used to assess the impact of a holiday or an event on case numbers,” says Pro. “Now people can look at the same information we look at and assess their own risk. This is about being right here with the communities we serve and helping them better understand what is going on around us.”
The website has COVID-19 information for all 100 North Carolina counties. You can see how the number of cases has spiked and retreated over time. You can also see if the virus appears to be spreading rapidly or more slowly.
There is also a risk-assessment tool. It allows you to select a gathering size and receive an estimate as to how many people with COVID-19 are likely to be in the gathering. Results are available for North Carolina counties.