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Austin Peay State University’s geographic information systems center developed a new map to track the COVID-19 outbreak across Tennessee. The map is available at covid19.apsugis.org

Johns Hopkins University unveiled a COVID-19 map Jan. 22 that tracked confirmed cases of the new coronavirus from all over the world. 

The map, which provided updated information for each country, became a significant resource for the pandemic, with major media outlets like ABC News, Forbes and The Guardian linking to the map in their stories.

Tennesseans can get the same type of information for their home state, thanks to a new map developed by Austin Peay State University’s geographic information systems center. The map is available at covid19.apsugis.org.

“After looking at the John Hopkins map, we thought it would be a good way of keeping the local area informed of the number of cases that are being reported here in Tennessee,” said Doug Catellier, Austin Peay GIS project manager. “The map itself highlights the counties that have reported confirmed cases of the COVID-19 (coronavirus).”

Using the Johns Hopkins map as a template, GIS data analyst Mason Cordell and Austin Peay student Bryndon Rhoton developed an online tool that pulls data from the Tennessee Department of Health’s website. That website is updated each day at 2 p.m.

“The overall dashboard is there to show a little more detail of the number of cases that are being reported in each county,” Catellier said. “As the department of health updates [its] website, we may add more data to the overall dashboard just to keep people informed.”

For more information on Austin Peay’s GIS center, visit apsugis.org.                   

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