I think we are all familiar with news reports daily giving us updates on the “new instances” of the virus. Almost as an after thought, they might throw in a summary of cases.
Sometimes, I just want more and recently ran into these resources, specifically for looking at things province wide.
The first comes from CTV News and shows data throughout the province in a number of different ways – total cases, active, recovered, and deaths. The data is broken into the various health units and are all accessible by mousing over the region. The data that I know that the government is most concerned about is cases per 100 000.
That helps put things in perspective given that the Windsor-Essex area is considerably less populated than Peel or Toronto. Hastings and Prince Edward county has impressively low numbers and, of course, they really get low the further north that you go in the province. As we all know, there’s much more of the province than is pictured here so you might want to zoom out or drag the province down and to the right.
The second visualization comes from Western University and is full of information about COVID cases in schools. Each school where there has been a case appears as a red dot.
It will come as no surprise that, at this zoom level, areas of high population are so heavily displayed. In this case, it’s really important to zoom in on the community of interest. At that point, you can zero in on individual schools as opposed to clumps of schools.
For the purpose of this post, I don’t want to single out any one particular school but when you mouse over a school, you’ll be provided information about the school, the languages spoken, etc.
Crafters of visualizations often reveal more of the story than hard and fast numbers in a spreadsheet layout (although that is available and downloadable as a .CSV files)
If you’re looking for another way to investigate the story in your area or throughout the province, check these out.