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Weekly United States COVID-19 Racial Data By State, April 12, 2020 to March 7, 2021

Citation

The COVID Tracking Project and the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research (2022), Weekly United States COVID-19 Racial Data By State, April 12, 2020 to March 7, 2021, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.7272/Q6TT4P68

Abstract

The COVID Racial Data Tracker advocated for, collected, published, and analyzed racial data on the COVID-19 pandemic across the United States. It was a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.

This project began when Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research, wrote a series of essays in The Atlantic about the urgent need to gather racial and ethnic demographic data to understand the outbreak and protect vulnerable communities.

On April 12, 2020, we started collecting race and ethnicity data from every state that reported it. On April 15, we launched that dataset as the first iteration of the COVID Racial Data Tracker. We updated this data twice per week.

Methods

This dataset was compiled by volunteers with the COVID Racial Data Tracker project. Every week until March 4, 2021, this dedicated team of volunteers gathered COVID-19 case and death data from state and territory websites, recent press conferences and releases, and directly from state health department officials.

We offer thanks and heartfelt gratitude for the labor and sacrifice of our volunteers. Volunteers on the COVID Racial Data Tracker team who granted us permission to use their name publicly are listed in the file VOLUNTEERS.md.

Usage Notes

Dataset includes README file that describes all datapoints.

Funding

Beneficus Foundation

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Emerson Collective

Patrick J McGovern Foundation

Rockefeller Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Marguerite Casey Foundation