Featured sources, October 3

  • State vaccination reporting: Yesterday, I updated the COVID-19 Data Dispatch page detailing how every state is tracking vaccination. Notably, 15 states now include counts of third doses (or “additional doses,” or “booster shots”) in their vaccine dashboards and reports. A couple of those states (Colorado, Mississippi, New Jersey) are even reporting demographic breakdowns of the residents that have received third doses. I expect that more states will add these metrics to their vaccine reports in the coming weeks.
  • COVID-19 cases and deaths, urban vs. rural counties: A new report from the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis at the University of Iowa demonstrates the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 is now having on rural communities. The rate of COVID-19 deaths in rural areas is now twice what it is in urban areas. For context about and data visualizations sourcing this report, see this KHN article by Lauren Weber.
  • School District Operational Status: Research organization MCH Strategic Data has compiled detailed data on the operational status of school districts across the country—fully in-person, fully remote, or hybrid. The dashboard also includes information on school mask policies and summary data by state. (H/t Your Local Epidemiologist.)
  • State-level analysis of charter school trends: The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools analyzed changes to school enrollment in every state during the 2020-2021 school year, focusing on drops in district public school enrollment and rises in charter school enrollment. Oklahoma had the highest charter school gain, with a whopping 78% enrollment increase.

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