Emory University unveils new tool to track COVID-19 in your own community

Emory University unveils new tool to track COVID-19 in your own community

ATLANTA — Emory University has a new tool to see where COVID-19 cases are as it relates to communities most at risk.

The researchers at Emory believe the information is very beneficial in helping some of those who are most vulnerable.

What happens in all neighborhoods across the country when it comes to coronavirus cases is put in Emory’s COVID-19 health dashboard.

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Researchers can then see if cases are happening more in areas with people most at risk.

"I think that's great. We want to identify where might be a higher issue, so we can help and allocate the resources properly to those areas," said Erin Walsh, who lives in Gwinnett County.

"Not just what does COVID look like from community to community, but what do the underlying determinates of health in each of these communities also look like," said Emory public health expert Shivani Patel.

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Patel said the findings can then be very helpful to local public health leaders, especially going forward.

“Of course everyone is trying to figure out what is going to happen in the fall and we hope that this kind of data can allow people to make more informed decisions on a day-to-day basis,” Patel said.

Patel said the research is helping to figure out the interplay between the outcome of cases and social determinates and even underlying conditions. That includes diabetes or obesity.

On the dashboard you can check your county, and Patel said they plan to eventually break it down where you can see how your specific area is doing.

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