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The COVID Tracking Project

The COVID Tracking Project

The COVID Tracking Project is a nonprofit organization focused on tracking and collection of data on SARS-CoV-2 and any testing, results of testing and amount of people tested in the United States and related territories.

The COVID Tracking Project was founded on March 7, 2020 in an effort to bring together relevant data and track ongoing cases and testing of Covid-19 throughout the United States. The project was result of independent efforts of Jeff Hammerbacher, founder and general partner at Related Sciences who built an initial tracking spreadsheet and journalists Robinson Meyer and Alexis Madrigal who built a similar tracker for their story on Covid-19 in The Atlantic. These efforts were combined on March 7, at which time a call for volunteers went out to help keep the data updated, tune process, develop scrapers and make a website.

The COVID Tracking Project is lead by Alexis Madrigal. Erin Kissane is the managing editor, and they have a team of volunteers to keep their data up-to-date.

The project collects information from 50 States, the District of Columbia and 5 other United States territories to provide testing data. They work to include positive and negative results, pending tests, total people tested for by state and district based on their reporting.

Through their website, The COVID Tracking Project also offers raw data on spreadsheets and an API users can download and plug-in for a visualization of the data.



Further Resources


America Isn't Testing for the Most Alarming Coronavirus Cases

Robinson Meyer


March 13, 2020

Exclusive: The Strongest Evidence Yet That America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing

Robinson Meyer, Alexis C. Madrigal


March 6, 2020

How to Understand Your State's Coronavirus Numbers

Alexis C. Madrigal


March 12, 2020

Key Source of COVID-19 Testing & Infection Data

Josh Marshall


March 7, 2020

The 4 Key Reasons the U.S. Is So Behind on Coronavirus Testing

Olga Khazan


March 13, 2020


January 19, 2021
Today's top news: NY governor seeks to buy vaccines directly from Pfizer. More than 4m have received the first vaccine dose in the UK. Spain resists lockdown despite rising infection rates.
Inyoung Choi
December 6, 2020
Business Insider
The US has a total of over 14 million confirmed cases and 280,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Azmi Haroun
December 3, 2020
Business Insider
Data from the COVID Tracking Project showed yet another COVID-19 milestone, with over 100,000 active hospitalizations, as cases climb.
Ben Winck
November 27, 2020
President Trump said Thursday that he'll pass on power to the Biden administration should the Electoral College confirm the president-elect's victory.
Kelsey Vlamis
November 15, 2020
Business Insider
Cases and hospitalizations continue to rise rapidly as well, breaking records most days and outpacing the rise in the number of tests being conducted.


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