DASHBOARD DISCONTINUED. Johns Hopkins University & Medicine plans to
cease its Coronavirus Resource Center’s (CRC) ongoing collection and
reporting of COVID-19 data on March 10, 2023 — about three years after
the institution embarked on the unprecedented effort of tracking an
unfolding pandemic in near real time, according to the university’s
website. The CRC site was launched to meet an urgent need when
governments lacked the capacity to mount comprehensive public health
surveillance and reporting on the spread of SARS-CoV-2. The pandemic
data will remain free and accessible to the public for all data that was
reported between January 22, 2020 and March 10, 2023.
From The Asian Reporter, V33, #3 (March 6, 2023), page 9.
Johns Hopkins to wind down its pandemic tracking
Johns Hopkins University & Medicine plans to cease its Coronavirus
Resource Center’s (CRC) ongoing collection and reporting of COVID-19
data on March 10, 2023 — about three years after the institution
embarked on the unprecedented effort of tracking an unfolding pandemic
in near real time, according to the university’s website.
The service has operated since the novel coronavirus first began
spreading globally in January 2020 to provide the public, journalists,
and policymakers across the United States and around the world with
visualizations of cases and deaths as they were being reported.
The comprehensive pandemic data will remain free and accessible to
the public for all data that was reported between January 22, 2020 and
March 10, 2023.
In addition, the interdisciplinary group of faculty and experts in
data science, epidemiology, medicine, public health policy, and
vaccinology that advised and led the CRC will continue to provide
analysis and guidance about the world’s worst pandemic in a century.
The CRC initiative drew on the expertise and collaboration of
researchers and faculty from across Johns Hopkins, including the
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Whiting School of Engineering,
Applied Physics Laboratory, School of Medicine, Sheridan Libraries, and
the Bloomberg Center for Government Excellence.
The website was launched to meet an urgent need when governments
lacked the capacity to mount comprehensive, real-time public health
surveillance and reporting on the spread of SARS-CoV-2. The CRC’s U.S.
and global data dashboards served as a model for states, counties, and
other nations to replicate as they were able to stand up public
reporting of public health data.
"After three years of round-the-clock work building and maintaining a
24/7 global resource, we have reached the appropriate time to close this
chapter of our response and look to other ways to keep the public safe
and informed," said Lauren Gardner, director of the Johns Hopkins Center
for Systems Science and Engineering. "But if we’re needed again, we
stand ready and willing to serve."
When Gardner and her graduate student, Ensheng Dong, launched "the
Hopkins map," as it was popularly known, the Applied Physics Laboratory
quickly stepped in to expand and scale the dashboard to meet intense
global demand. The university then invested in the establishment of the
full Coronavirus Resource Center, which launched on March 3, 2020, and
added a U.S. county-level dashboard developed by the Bloomberg Center
for Government Excellence. As the pandemic and public health responses
evolved, the CRC expanded its data aggregation and reporting
capabilities to include data on testing, hospitalizations, contact
tracing, vaccines, and public policy interventions.
Since the CRC’s launch, the website has reportedly been viewed more
than 2.5 billion times, and users around the world generated more than
200 billion data requests.
The CRC was designed to provide aggregated, real-time global data
reported at the federal, state, county, and tribal nation levels.
Starting in 2021, however, U.S. states and counties began to
consistently reduce the amount of publicly reported data — a shift that
led the CRC in September 2022 to discontinue hourly reporting for
testing and vaccine data. Since then, public reporting by states has
continued to decline. As of January 2023, only New York, Arkansas, and
Puerto Rico publish daily data for cases and deaths.
The federal government has significantly expanded its data tracking
and reporting capacities, so CRC leaders are confident the public and
policymakers will have ongoing access to trustworthy COVID-19 data and
guidance from U.S. agencies.
Beth Blauer, associate vice provost for public sector innovation and
CRC data lead, also noted that the widespread use of at-home rapid tests
has significantly diminished the utility and accuracy of case data.
"The hospitalization data collected and reported by the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services is now the most reliable and
complete data remaining for use in public health decisions and
policymaking," Blauer said. "This is valuable, but insufficient to fully
track and understand the pandemic; we are concerned about the
persistent, across-the-board declines in the quality and availability of
The Coronavirus Resource Center was listed among TIME
magazine’s Top 100 Inventions for 2020. The team has also earned
numerous academic accolades and awards from leading organizations.
To learn more, visit <https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html>.
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