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Service Objects Creates Enhanced COVID-19 Case Data for Free Download

Data from Johns Hopkins, U.S. Census Bureau, NOAA, and other sources integrated into annotated database.

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Data always plays a critical role in the ability to research, study, and combat public health emergencies, especially during a global crisis. Data access is increasingly essential to the research process and in the global response to the COVID-19 viral pandemic.

Service Objects has built an enhanced data set of COVID-19 cases nationwide to assist in identifying trends that could help combat this deadly virus. This data set is available free of charge and is updated on a regular basis.

The current data provided by Johns Hopkins University is missing key elements for scientists that study COVID-19. To create a more complete data set, Service Objects is using its authoritative data sets to dedupe, cleanse, and append over 200 additional data points to significantly enhance the case data. Providing accurate location intelligence and geographic data, a key ingredient in this enhanced COVID-19 data set, is what Service Objects does best.

The COVID-19 data set is available free of charge and can be downloaded here. An accompanying file details the data sources, terms of use, file-naming conventions, update frequency, and change log as well as field descriptions for the over 200 data points that are appended.

COVID-19 case data is generously provided by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Visual Dashboard operated by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (JHU CSSE). Country census data and demographic information is provided by the United States Census Bureau. Climate data is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

County data, published by Johns Hopkins University and available since January 2020, provides a more localized picture of COVID-19 distribution. The county-level data, generated from a data set known as Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases, is the foundational data set for studying COVID-19 across larger geographic areas. Currently, there are 3,141 counties or county-equivalents across the United States.

Nationwide county-level data provides an additional resource to assist in monitoring the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. County data elements currently consist of case count, deaths, geographic data, demographics, average temperature, humidity, maximum and minimum temperature, and county-level precipitation.

County-level data provides specific information useful for data scientists, managers, researchers, and business leaders. For instance, a nationwide medical supply company can use county-level COVID case data and population data to predict future demand by region. This data set is county-level and does not contain any personally identifiable information (PII).


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