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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

MAYOR WALSH LAUNCHES COVID-19 DATA DASHBOARDS FOR RESIDENTS


MAYOR WALSH LAUNCHES COVID-19 DATA DASHBOARDS FOR RESIDENTS 

Dashboards provide up-to-date information about COVID-19

BOSTON - Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - Building on his commitment to keeping residents of Boston informed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the launch of two data analytic dashboards that allow Boston residents to easily track the number of cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Boston and throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The dashboards are part of a suite of digital tools available to residents, which include a  texting service available in six languages, online City services, and frequently updated resources and factsheets available on  boston.gov/coronavirus.

The first dashboard includes a day-by-day breakdown graph of the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, and tracks daily updates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for the number of COVID-19 cases. 

The second COVID-19 dashboard  includes information specific to the City of Boston, including total daily cases, recovered cases, and total cases over time. The dashboard also tracks the levels of testing done throughout the United States. Together, these dashboards reflect up-to-date information about the status of coronavirus in Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the United States as a whole. 

"Ensuring residents have accurate, up to date information about the coronavirus is critical during this challenging time," said Mayor Walsh. "These dashboards are another resource for residents to gather information and stay informed as we follow public health guidelines to keep ourselves and each other safe." 

This data is updated when public data is released by the  Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). The CDC updates their numbers each afternoon, Monday-Friday, and the MDPH updates their numbers each afternoon. The dashboards were created by the Department of Innovation and Technology's Citywide Analytics Team

Additional resources and information about COVID-19 is available on boston.gov/coronavirus. Resources available on boston.gov and through City departments, including support for small businesses; free meals for Boston students; free toiletries for Boston students; emergency childcare centers -- including 27 centers in Boston -- support for older residents; information on homeless shelters; transportation options for healthcare workers; resources for those in recovery or those who have a substance use disorder; and mental health resources. 

For additional questions or programs, please visit  boston.gov/coronavirus or call 3-1-1, Boston's 24-hour constituent hotline. Text BOSCOVID to 99411 to receive text alerts on a regular basis, available in six languages.

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