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Ongoing COVID Mapping Projects

In addition to the maps already available, the team is collaborating with Yale students and faculty to produce the following maps.

Telemedicine Opportunities and Obstacles

Telemedicine is rapidly expanding during the COVID-19 pandemic response to maintain patient access to healthcare and reduce potential healthcare-acquired exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This interactive mapping tool identifies populations for whom there are opportunities for telemedicine implementation, and populations for whom there are obstacles to telemedicine implementation. This mapping tool will therefore inform decision-making regarding allocation of resources to further enable telemedicine, and utilization of other strategies to expand healthcare access.

Financial Tracker for COVID-19

The Yale Program on Financial Stability (YPFS) maintains a live catalog of public financial responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. YPFS tracks financial policy interventions from federal governments and international institutions across six continents. Researchers distill complex policy actions into short entries, which contain key data, such as jurisdiction, instrument, size, and intended recipient. YPFS displays these entries on a public spreadsheet and allows users to observe responses in real-time, explore pre-arranged graphs and charts, and download data for independent manipulation.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its corresponding governmental responses involve the sudden slowdown of economic activity, which can produce unforeseen systemic financial risks. To preserve global financial stability amidst a health crisis, central bankers and other financial policymakers must coordinate massive interventions in short periods of time. YPFS hopes to reduce the input necessary for governments to make decisions that affect multiple financial systems at once. By visualizing these policies, YPFS aims to provide public servants with timely updates on the economic side of the crisis, helping them to better coordinate with their colleagues and prevent unintended consequences.

New Haven Debt map

Families in the United States with low to moderate incomes are severely burdened by multiple forms of debt. The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to worsen the debt burden, particularly for vulnerable and marginalized groups. We must understand the financial impacts of this public health crisis in real time, so that we can respond with immediate programmatic and policy interventions and develop appropriate long-term policies. This project will survey 4-600 low-moderate income communities in New Haven about debt and the impact of COVID-19 during the summer of 2020. If we obtain additional funding, we will repeat the survey over time to track changes. Mapping the results will enable us to correlate findings with existing demographic data, and to provide resources for local advocacy efforts.

Criminal Justice System as a Structural Determinant of the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the United States, correctional facilities have been at the center of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to better understand the relationship between the criminal justice system and COVID-19, we aim to map correctional facilities across the US in relation to county-level COVID-19 infection and death rates. This map will illustrate how the criminal justice systems can be a focal place of mitigating the current outbreak of COVID-19 and prevent future ones for those experiencing incarceration, those working in correctional settings, and communities surrounding correctional facilities. We hope that this map will further provide government agencies, correctional administrators, and others a visual tool to understand COVID-19 in the context of mass incarceration.