By Data-Smart City Solutions • May 15, 2020

State Scoop: Washington State's New Restaurant Regulations Put Diner Data on the Menu

Washington state issued new roles for businesses to slowly reopen this week that require restaurants with dine-in service to retain a daily log of customers for 30 days, with contact information and the time they arrived, in an effort to bolster contact tracing to track potential new cases of COVID-19. 

NextGov: Pentagon Task Force Turns to Data to Shape COVID-19 Response

During and after the coronavirus pandemic, the Defense Department’s COVID-19 Task Force is utilizing data analytics and advanced modeling to heighten military readiness, mitigate uncertainty and enable a more informed response to COVID-19.

ProPublica: Early Data Shows Black People Are Being Disproportionally Arrested for Social Distancing Violations

Ohio has seen some of the most prominent protests against stay-at-home orders, yet the protestors—the majority of them white—have not been arrested. Meanwhile, an analysis of court records by ProPublica in three of the most populous jurisdictions in the state show “black people were at least four times as likely to be charged with violating the stay-at-home order as white people.”

The Salt Lake Tribune: Utah Data Reveals How People Catch COVID-19, How Many are in the Hospital and More

This week, the Utah Department of Health added new data to its website about the status of COVID-19 and how it spreads—information that will be used to make public policy decisions moving forward. Further information includes the number of hospitalizations, source of exposure, and pre-existing conditions. 

Harvard Business Review: Which Covid-19 Data Can You Trust?

Experts explain some common data pitfalls when trying to determine what information is accurate amongst the numerous data and tech-heavy analysis tools being rapidly developed in response to the current global pandemic. 

MinnPost: How Data, Analytics, and Technology are Helping Us Fight COVID-19

Data and analytics are aiding the response to COVID-19 on multiple fronts: contact tracing, enforcing quarantine measures, communicating information about the virus to local communities, and planning coordinated responses to manage resource shortages.