February 12, 2023.Reading time 5 minutes.
This week, two major COVID-19 tracking efforts announced that they will stop collecting data. While the decisions make sense in light of reduced data availability these days, this news still feels like a signal that fewer institutions want to spend time and resources on pandemic tracking.
January 23, 2022.Reading time 10 minutes.
I’ve recently been getting a lot of questions about test positivity rates, both from COVID-19 Data Dispatch readers and from friends outside this project, which reminded me of just how confusing this pandemic metric can be. So, here’s a brief FAQ post about test positivity.
January 9, 2022.Reading time 3 minutes.
On Friday, a COVID-19 Data Dispatch reader asked for my help in interpreting a wildly high positivity rate: 544% in Washington, D.C. The source of this rate, she said, was John Hopkins University (JHU)’s COVID-19 dashboard.
May 23, 2021.Reading time 2 minutes.
Featured sources for the week of May 23 include nursing home outbreaks, excess deaths, and vaccine consent laws.