https://www.covid19watcher.com/ University of Cincinnati students Benjamin (Ben) Wissel, part of the MD/PhD program, and Pieter-Jan Van Camp, MD, a Biomedical Informatics doctoral student, have developed the COVID-19 Watcher. 1. The two UC students, with support from faculty and staff at Cincinnati Children's and UC, created an Interactive Dashboard during the spring when there were few options for tracking COVID-19 cases in cities like Cincinnati. 2. The COVID-19 Watcher displays data from every county and 188 metropolitan areas in the country. Features of the dashboard include ranking of the worst affected areas and auto-generating plots that depict temporal changes in testing capacity, cases and deaths. The COVID-19 Watcher can provide the public with real-time updates of outbreaks in their area. 3. The app pulls in data from The New York Times, which has been tracking COVID-19 cases since January, and merges it with sources from the U.S. Census Bureau to map cases for each county and metropolitan area. 4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the app among its list of resources for keeping up with COVID-19. You can use the app by visiting: https://www.covid19watcher.com/ 5. Inspiration for the site: Ben is a Cincinnati native and he wanted to monitor the outbreak in his city. The state of Ohio shared daily updates, but it was hard to understand how badly Cincinnati was being affected since it sits at the border of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
June 3, 2020 at 10:34 AM EDT - Updated June 3 at 10:34 AM