The Coronavirus Resource Center on Sept. 21 moved to daily instead of hourly updates and implemented other changes.
The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (CRC) on Sept. 21, 2022, implemented several changes to the data collection processes it has operated since the beginning of the pandemic.
The changes are being driven by the declining quality and utility of pandemic data reported by state governments. A substantial number of U.S. local and state agencies have stopped reporting COVID-19 data with the frequency and consistency needed for the CRC to maintain its current scope of operation.
Across all data categories – cases, deaths, vaccines, and tests – more than half of U.S. states now report data just once per week. And testing data has been problematic for some time in large part because at-home COVID tests have lessened the utility of official state testing results.
The changes that went into effect on Sept. 21 are:
For purposes of accessing the data, technical explanations for the changes on the CRC GitHub.
The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center has been one of the leading resources for free, near real time pandemic data reporting and has recorded more than 1.2 billion page views as media outlets, governments, nonprofits, industry and citizens around the world have relied on it to track the progression of COVID-19.