Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Ruppersberger Announce $200,000 for Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce $200,000 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University (JHU) through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant program to support the management and development of JHU’s COVID-19 interactive online dashboard.

Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It will support system maintenance and improvements to the dashboard, including increasing the geographical specificity of its data, potentially to the city level.

“Accurate, real-time information about the spread of COVID-19 in each and every community is critical to responding to the pandemic. The Johns Hopkins University dashboard remains the foremost COVID-19 tracking resource for public health experts and policymakers across the country,” the lawmakers said. “We are committed to delivering sustained federal support to this important project.”

The dashboard was first released publicly on January 22, 2020 to visualize and track the COVID-19 outbreak in real-time, and has since served as a prominent, centralized source of COVID-19 epidemiological data. The dashboard illustrates the location and number of confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries for all affected countries, with additional features added over time. All data collected and displayed on the dashboard is made available to researchers, public health authorities and the general public.