UCI Launches COVID-19 Trends Site Comparing SoCal Counties

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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, The University of California-Irvine (UCI) has been tracking and analyzing data about the virus numbers in various California counties. 

Now, UCI is offering a publically accessible website (https://www.stat.uci.edu/covid19/index.html) that gives information about COVID-19 patients who're hospitalized, in intensive care units, daily deaths caused by the disease, and a record of new cases, with comparisons Orange County and Alameda, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Clara counties.According to UCI, this is the first website to provide county-to-county comparisons of up-to-date key trends around coronavirus statistics. 

It offers color-coded Orange County maps, produced by UCI assistant professor of public health Daniel Parker, that show spatial patterns of growth in the number of cases, the number of tests and the fractions of positive tests from March through July.

“There is no shortage of COVID-19-related data visualizations out in the world, but what has been lacking is a platform for easy visualization and comparison of trends in California’s counties,” said Vladimir Minin, a UCI professor of statistics who led the team responsible for designing and creating the site. “Every county reports its coronavirus stats, but useful knowledge can be gained by holding up the numbers against other counties and normalizing by population size, which is what we have done.”