It’s the end of an era for a pioneering Coronavirus tracking center.
On March 10, Johns Hopkins University concluded its live data collection and reporting efforts for its Coronavirus Resource Center.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, millions of people have relied on the site for information.
Launched in January 2020, the site featured a map that quickly became an essential tool for journalists, researchers, and policymakers to follow the spread of the virus worldwide.
In addition to reporting real-time data on confirmed cases, deaths, and hospitalizations, the map also tracked virus recovery rates and vaccination rates.
“The CRC’s world-leading, comprehensive pandemic data will be archived to ensure it remains accessible to the global research and response community after consistently declining public reporting of pandemic data from U.S. states and the expansion of the federal government’s data capacity,” Johns Hopkins said.
Until March 10, all pandemic data will remain free and accessible to the public.
As the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, Lauren Gardner, said, “After three years of building and maintaining a 24/7 global resource, we have reached the appropriate point to close this chapter of our response and look for other ways to keep the public safe and informed.” Should we be needed again, we are ready to do so.
The World Health Organization first classified COVID-19 as a global pandemic three years ago, so updates to the resource center will end one day before that anniversary.
Meanwhile, other organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will continue to provide COVID-19 data and tracking resources.