Citizens and voters can now track their congressional districts alongside the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to a new tool from the University of Chicago’s Center for Spatial Data Science.
Launched earlier this year, the COVID Atlas interactive visualization compiles county-level case numbers, generates daily hotspot statistics, and displays them on an easy-to-read map. Now, the online resource also includes a congressional district overlay—a new feature that allows users to see how the impacts of COVID-19 might differ according to local government responses.
“Because there’s been no federal, coordinated response, we’re seeing that the context of hotspots is dependent on the patchwork of local policies that has emerged,” said Marynia Kolak, who co-leads the Atlas as the assistant director of health informatics at the Center for Spatial Data Science. “Since all politics are local—and COVID-19 is a very local experience—it seemed responsible to add congressional districts.