The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (“NCDHHS”) has a very interesting page, COVID-19 Case Count in North Carolina, detailing the number of completed tests, the number of positive results from all completed tests and the number of deaths in NC. It also has a map of NC showing every County and you can click on each county to see the number of cases and the number of deaths in that County. It is updated daily around 11:00 am.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has its own virus mapping service providing the case counts in the states as well as other information. It is updated at noon daily.
The Raleigh News & Observer has an article on the latest unemployment numbers for NC and it is scary. In summary, more than 3 million people lost their jobs between March 14 and 21. In NC, between March 16 and 26, there have been 200,000 new unemployment claims filed. This amount of new claims equals what the State usually experiences in one year.
For all you data junkies (as well as though seeking information), check out the Coronavirus page of worldometer. while it may not be as pretty as the Johns Hopkins University map, it is has a ton of data measurements on the virus. It is updated daily and,, most importantly, also provides links and citations to their information sources as well as their methodologies.
Letter To Governors – President Trump sent a letter to all State Governors. In the letter, he outlines a concept whereby Counties across the Country are assigned a risk level (low, medium and high) based upon test result data and that will influence the social distancing and other mitigation measures imposed in each County. There is no explanation as to how the risk levels will be determined. Further, it must be remembered that the USA is a republic and, as such, mitigation measures would continue to be determined by the Governor of each State.
Looking for a good book or new music – A way to spend many hours is by visiting the Internet Archive, which is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. They just announced that they have made it even better by opening up their lending library of 1.4 million books (which is in addition to the over 2 million books you can download for free). Check out the National Emergency Library. If music is more your thing, then check out the audio section which has a millions of digitized audio. Within the audio section, there is the Live Music Archive that is constantly being updated with musicians creating quarantine sessions.
Social Distancing Data – Unacast, a start-up company focusing human mobility data tracking (are we the only ones concerned about that being the product focus of a company) has created a social distancing scoreboard. It grades States and Counties based upon the change in average mobility which is measured by distance travelled. The greater the decrease in mobility, the better the grade. Their graphs are several days behind, but they combine the daily new cases with the changes in mobility, which over time could be useful in assisting with the determination of the effectiveness of social distancing.