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UC Irvine launches coronavirus stat portal that compares cases across counties

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By Brian Thomas –

How is Orange County faring in the fight against COVID-19 as compared to other counties in the state? UC Irvine’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences’ Department of Statistics has created a first-of-its-kind website portal to answer that question.

Built by Ph.D. students Damon Bayer, Isaac Goldstein and Rachel Longjohn, the website offers statistics culled from the state government’s COVID-19 page on the California Open Data Portal, a site accessible to anyone. The information on UCI’s site is presented in a more accessible, easy-to-understand format and also offers trend data for analysis.

With the help of color-coded maps of Orange county, produced by Daniel Parker, assistant professor of Public Health at UCI, the information includes stats on the number of tests, new daily cases, hospitalizations, intensive care admissions, and new daily deaths.

According to the site’s creators, this is the first resource created for county-by-county comparisons.

UCI Professor of Statistics Vladimir Minin serves as the lead on the project that was developed under the direction of an ad hoc COVID-19 Awareness group on campus.

“Every county reports its coronavirus stats, but useful knowledge can be gained by holding up the numbers against other counties and normalizing by population size, which is what we have done,” said Minin.

Future plans for the site include testing tallies and a broader range of county comparison data.


 

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