Skip to main content

Johns Hopkins opens coronavirus testing data to the public

Johns Hopkins University has made its coronavirus testing data public — including where tests are available, how many are done, and state-by-state comparisons.

The data set, officially called the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Testing Insights Initiative, also includes answers to a number of questions about the virus, including details on the testing procedures, tracking of symptoms, who should get tested, the differences between tests, and how long it could take to get results.

Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Testing Data
State by state breakdown of Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Testing Data Johns Hopkins University

A state-by-state breakdown allows people to see charts of the number of tests conducted compared to the number of confirmed cases and deaths in that state.

There will also be weekly reports updated by researchers to show if the number of confirmed cases has increased or decreased that week so the public can see if their state is really “flattening the curve” of infection.

Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the world, and will continue to for months to come — but what exactly are we doing to fight it? Have we made any progress on a vaccine? Here’s what you need to know
coronavirus taiwan asia technology success science researcher getty

Researchers noted the data is only being compiled from public sources from each state so there will be some inconsistencies depending on what kind of data each state tracks and how often it is updated.

The Testing Initiative is the result of support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the website explains, with support from Senator Mark Warner.

“Policy makers from across the country, including at the federal level, have sought a centralized hub for information and data about testing as they evaluate plans to re-open economies and craft policy responses to counter the spread of the disease,” the website explains. “The new Testing Insights Initiative will provide such a resource and help guide leaders as they consider how and when to re-open.”

For the latest updates on the novel coronavirus outbreak, visit the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 page.

Editors' Recommendations

Mythili Sampathkumar
Mythili is a freelance journalist based in New York. When not reporting about politics, foreign policy, entertainment, and…
The FDA has shut down a Bill Gates-backed coronavirus testing program
Bill Gates

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) halted, at least temporarily, a Seattle-based at-home coronavirus testing program backed by Bill Gates.

“Please discontinue patient testing and return of diagnostic results to patients until proper authorization is obtained,” the FDA told the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN) in a memo, according to The New York Times.

Read more
Your Fitbit may be able to detect a key coronavirus symptom
fitbit charge 4 review 2

Your Fitbit could help detect if you have symptoms of the coronavirus.

Earlier this year, Fitbit rolled out blood oxygen monitoring to five of its devices. That feature takes on new significance as the coronavirus spreads, as some COVID-19 patients have extremely low blood-oxygen levels.

Read more
The FBI accuses China of trying to steal U.S. coronavirus vaccine research
coronavirus taiwan asia technology success science researcher getty

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have accused China of attempting to steal coronavirus vaccine research from the U.S.

“The FBI is investigating the targeting and compromise of U.S. organizations conducting COVID-19-related research by PRC-affiliated cyber actors and non-traditional collectors,” according to a joint announcement Wednesday.

Read more