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How are people tracking confirmed Coronavirus cases / Coronavirus deaths?

by elityre1 min read7th Mar 202010 comments



I'm keeping a log of the number of Corronavirus cases (both active and total), in local-areas that I care about.

Currently, I'm using the dashboard put together by John Hopkins Center For Systems Science and Engineering. Every day, I manually open it, zoom into the Bay area (for instance), and count the number of active cases, total cases, and total deaths. I log those numbers in a personal google sheet, for each relevant metropolitan area.

Is there a better way to do this? Does anyone know of a system that is automatically recording the number of cases and number of deaths, in different populations (in the US)?


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All of the data on that dashboard is in this GitHub repository, by the creators of the dashboard. You probably want this folder, which has a CSV file for each day, added once per day, with all the locations and case counts.

Edit 2020-03-08: I made a Google Sheet that makes it easy to view Johns Hopkins data for up to 5 locations of interest.

If you want to get raw data from the Johns Hopkins Github Repo into a Google Sheet, use these formulas:

=IMPORTDATA("https://raw.githubusercontent.com/CSSEGISandData/COVID-19/master/csse_covid_19_data/csse_covid_19_time_series/time_series_19-covid-Confirmed.csv") =IMPORTDATA("https://raw.githubusercontent.com/CSSEGISandData/COVID-19/master/csse_covid_19_data/csse_covid_19_time_series/time_series_19-covid-Deaths.csv") =IMPORTDATA("https://raw.githubusercontent.com/CSSEGISandData/COVID-19/master/csse_covid_19_data/csse_covid_19_time_series/time_series_19-covid-Recovered.csv")

With these formulas, the data in your sheet should update within a few hours of Johns Hopkins updating their data. If you want to force an update, bust the Google Sheets cache by sticking ?v=1 on the end of the URL.

2elityre1yExcellent. I was just starting to figure out how to do this.

Amazing. Thank you!

I'm finding this Spreadsheet useful. Like it's one thing to see current numbers, but it's also useful to see the numbers for each country and a graph.

This website is compiling links to datasets, dashboards, tools etc:


https://projects.sfchronicle.com/2020/coronavirus-map/ has more bay-area specific information, although not everything I want.

Also that spreadsheet is a public service and if you were willing to share it that would be great.

Here it is. I haven't gotten very far yet, but perhaps it will be of some use to someone reading this comment in the future.

I use Home Assistant for my home automation needs. It has a coronavirus sensor which pulls from the John Hopkins data. I then do two things with that data:

1. I have HA configured to send notifications to my phone when deaths and confirmed cases change by X%.

2. I use the influxdb integration with HA to ship the sensor data to...influxdb. I graph that data with Grafana.

covid-19 graph