Iowa newspapers launch their own COVID-19 tracking site to replace what the state shut down
Iowa newspapers launch their own COVID-19 tracking site to replace what the state shut down

Iowa newspapers launch their own COVID-19 tracking site to replace what the state shut down

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – After the state decommissioned its coronavirus data site, Iowa newspapers are teaming up to create a site that will serve as a central source of Iowa COVID-19 data.

The project will be a collaboration between members of the Iowa Newspaper Association and will run between the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the Des Moines Register, the Iowa City Daily Iowan and the Iowa Falls Times Citizen.

“Iowa’s 250 newspapers are focused on providing information that helps their readers make informed decisions,” said Susan Patterson Plank, executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association. “This project gathers in one place for Iowans as much of the same information that the State Department of Health has previously gathered on its website.”

Since iowacoviddata.com will take data from the State Department of Health and Federal Health and Human Services and centralize them into one that makes information about new COVID cases, deaths, and hospitalizations at the state and county level easier for Iowans to access and understand.

The website will be updated weekly on Wednesdays, coinciding with the state’s release of new data.

The newspapers warn that the number of new COVID-19 cases is likely to be greater than the state reports due to the increase in home tests, which are rarely reported to health departments.

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