By Data-Smart City Solutions • April 24, 2020

State Scoop: Austin Launches Coronavirus Testing Enrollment Service

Residents of Austin can now schedule COVID-19 tests and get health advice with an online service through the city’s coronavirus response website. Residents can also use the Public Testing Enrollment Form to secure a virus test, and if they are COVID-positive, then the city anonymizes the data and adds it to a hotspot map. The city can then use that visualization to determine the hardest hit areas.


Forbes: Be A Citizen Scientist: Help Track The Spread Of The COVID-19 Coronavirus

There are a few different ways for non-scientists to get involved in tracking and crowdsourcing novel coronavirus infections in North America. This article has options for people to help data collection efforts by entering information online, through wearable fitness trackers, and email outreach. In doing so, “citizen scientists” can provide vital data to help combat the global pandemic.            


The Verge: Google is Now Listing COVID-19 Testing Centers in Search Results

Google has a new “Testing” tab that comes up when users search anything related to COVID-19; the tab will show information about virus testing and links to the CDC’s online symptom checker. The information on testing is specific to each state, as there are different regulations depending on where each user is located.   


Washington Technology: How COVID-19 is Driving a Wave of Innovation

As governments across the world respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are encouraging examples of public servants rising to the occasion. This article outlines different ways that federal and state governments have quickly and effectively transitioned to online governing.  


AP News: Racial Toll of Virus Grows Even Starker as More Data Emerges

According to the latest CDC data, communities of color are more significantly impacted by the coronavirus, with a higher percentage of deaths among patients who identified as black. Not all states are releasing data broken down by race, which makes exact statistics difficult, but there is a stark difference in the deadliness of the virus by race, particularly among African and Indigenous Americans.