Featured sources, March 7

  • Coronavirus variant data from USA TODAY: The CDC doesn’t publish a time series of its counts of COVID-19 cases caused by variants. So, USA TODAY journalists have set up a program to scrape these data whenever the CDC publishes an update and store the data in a CSV, including variant counts for every U.S. state. The time series goes back to early January.
  • Documenting COVID-19: This repository is one of several great resources brought to my attention during this past week’s NICAR conference. It’s a database of documents related to the pandemic, obtained through state open-records laws and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 246 records are available as of February 26.
  • VaccinateCA API: California readers, this one’s for you. The community-driven project VaccinateCA, aimed at helping Californians get vaccinated, has made its underlying data available for researchers. The API includes data on vaccination sites and their availability across the state.

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