Help advocate for better COVID-19 demographic data

The COVID Racial Data Tracker, a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, collects COVID-19 race and ethnicity data from 49 states and the District of Columbia. We compile national statistics and compare how different populations are being impacted across the country.

But there are a lot of gaps in our dataset. We can only report what the states report, and many states have issues: for example, 93% of cases in Texas do not have any reported demographic information, and West Virginia has not reported deaths by race since May 20.

A new form on the COVID Tracking Project website allows you to help us advocate for better quality data. Simply select your state, then use the contact information and suggested script to get in touch with your governor. States with specific data issues (such as Texas and West Virginia) have customized scripts explaining those problems.

If you try this out for your state, please use the bottom of the form to let us know how it went!

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