Geospatial Data Services: Mapping the Coronavirus

Mapping COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has become a popular research topic over the past several weeks. To better enable researchers at Virginia Tech who are interested in mapping components of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve compiled the following set of resources;

  • The Interactive Maps and Dashboards section provides links to existing maps and dashboards where cases of COVID-19 have already been mapped. This section includes domestic and international map examples.
  • The Coronavirus Mapping Tutorials and Tips section provides links to introductory material for users interested in mapping their own COVID-19 source data. There are instructions for mapping data with both proprietary and open source software.
  • The Data Resources and Databases section provides links to source data that have already been compiled. These resources include links to domestic as well as international resources.

For further help finding mapping data related to the COVID-19 pandemic or for help creating your own map of the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact

Interactive Maps and Dashboards

  • COVID-19 in Virginia: Virginia Department of Health  (VDH) 
    Covid-19 Cases in Virginia..
  • COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard: Biocomplexity Institute at the University of Virginia
    The contents of This website, including data, maps, plots, copyright 2020, UVA, all rights reserved, is provided  to the public for research and academic  purposes, The website uses a number of open source data sets, UVA provides no warranties, claims or representations-whether express, implied, or statutory-with respect to this website, including, without limitation, warranties of quality, performance, non-infringement, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose, and disavows any warranties created by course of dealing, course of performance, or trade usage.
  • Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) 
    The map was developed to provide researchers, public health authorities, and the general public with a user-friendly tool to track the outbreak as it unfolds. All data collected and displayed are made freely available through a GitHub repository  along with feature layers of the dashboard, which are now included in the ESRI Living Atlas.
  • Mapping the novel coronavirus pandemic: Esri's StoryMaps team 
    The maps and charts in this story are updated daily.
    ards allow citizens to grasp the latest situation and visualize the virus distribution patterns. The number of confirmed cases, cases still hospitalized for investigation and virus trend are available at a glance. 
  • COVID-19 Maps, resources, and insights
    As the situation surrounding coronavirus disease 2919 (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Esri is supporting our users and the community at large with location intelligence, geographic information system (GIS) and mapping software, services, and materials that people are usin to help monitor, manage, and communicate yje impact of the outbreak. Use and share these resources to help ypr communityor organization respond effectively.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Dashboard
    the WHO dashboard on global cases and deaths in embedded here. In this dashboard it is possible to see up-to-date country specific data by selecting the country.
  • List of Novel Coronavirus Dashboards (Hong Kong)
    ESRI: The government in Hong Kong has released an interactive Map Dashboard named "Latest Situation of Novel Coronavirus Infection in Hong Kong" using ArcGIS Dashboards. the dashboards allow citizens to grasp the latest situation and visualize the virus distribution patterns. The number of confirmed cases, cases still hospitalized for investigation and virus trend are available at a glance.
    turing tightly integrated vector and raster data, with Natural Earth you can make a variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS software.

Coronavirus Mapping Tutorials and Tips

Data Resources and Databases

Data Repositories

  • Virginia Department of Health -  Hospitalizations Public Use Data
    Cases, hospitalizations, and facilities at the locality level. This data set now included historical data of cumulative counts by date.  VDH COVID - 19 - PublicUseDataset - Cases, Cases by-Confirmation, Cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities by demographics at the district level: VDH-COVID-19 Cases By-District-Death-Hospitalization, Cases by Sex, Cases by Race, and Cases By Age Group
  • ICPSR COVID-19 Data Repository
    ​ICPSR has created a new archive for data examining the social, behavioral, public health, and economic impact of the novel coronavirus global pandemic The COVID-19 Data repository is a free, self-publishing option for any researcher or journalist who wants to share data related to COVID-19 The data will be available to any interested user for secondary analysis.This repository will capture data to help researchers and journalists understand and respond to the pandemic.
  • Tableau: Access, analyze and stay informed
    Trusted Coronavirus (COVID-19) global data from our community experts
  • Coronavirus - The big data response (SAGE OCEAN)
    ​We have gathered a collection of resources related to the analytics of COVID-19 data. These include mapping the spread of the virus. GitHub data repositories, some of the datasets currently being used as well as how people are using R and Python to help understand the virus.
  • Johns Hopkins CSSE: 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) Data Repository
    ​This is the data repository for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus visual Dashboard operated by the Johns Hopkins University Center for systems Science and Engineering (JKU CSSE) Also, Supported by ESRI Living Atlas Team and the JHU Applied Physics Lab (JHU APL). This GitHub repo and its contents herein, includiWe have gathered a collection of resources related to the analytics of COVID-19 data. These include mapping the spread of the virus. GitHub data repositories, some of the datasets currently being used as well as how people are using R and Python to help understand the virus.

Databases (Virginia Tech Faculty, Students & Staff Access).

  • PolicyMap:
    PolicyMap provides data through interactive maps about communities and markets across the U.S., for research, market studies, business planning, site selection, grant applications, and impact analysis.

            Special Edition Newsletter: COVID-19 Preparedness Headlines:
            April 24, 2020 - University Instructors Rely on PolicyMap for Analyzing COVID-19
            April 10, 2020 - Racial Disparities Magnified by COVID-19 Cases and Deaths
            April 3, 2020 - Telemedicine and the Digital Divide.
           March 27, 2020 - Matching Hospital Capacity to Risk For Severe COVID-19 Response
           March 18, 2020 - Using PolicyMap to Identify Populations Vulnerable to COVID-19.

  • SimplyAnalytics:
    SimplyAnalytics is a web-based mapping and data analysis application designed for non-technical as well as advanced users to create interactive thematic maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data. There are thousands of data variables related to demographics, employment, housing, market segments, businesses, consumer spending, brand preferences, and public health. VT users are not required to log-in with a user name and password--simply click "Sign in as a guest". However, your work will not be saved unless you create an account.Trusted
    The As COVID-19 spreads across the United States researchers need access to the latest data visualization and analytics tools.  As a result, the SimplyAnalytics team just added COVID-19 data at the national, state, and county levels to SimplyAnalytics. The data is from and we update it daily with the latest numbers. The following data variables are now available in SimplyAnalytics:

          Confirmed COVID-19 Cases by date
          Prevalence of confirmed COVID-19
cases (per 100,000 individuals) by date
          Deaths from COVID-19 by date.
          Prevalence of deaths from COVID-19 (per 100,000 individuals) by
         This data can be combined with our demographics & health data variables to identify areas with  vulnerable residents.

Social Explorer provides visualizations of social science data sets, including the US census and the American Community Survey..

April 21, 2020 - Social Explorer news Update:
Social Explorer unveils a new COVID-19 dataset which allows you to track confirmed cases, deaths, and the growth rate of the virus on a daily basis. This data represents Social Explorer's first version of COVID-19 data visualization, and updates are soon to be followed. 

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