The new public dashboard, which can be found at covid19.Texas2036.org, represents the most comprehensive Texas data tool to date, with both county information and statistical modeling information. The public will find on the site:
- Reopening Analysis: The federal government established initial criteria for states to follow as they consider opening up their economies. This analysis shows how Texas and its individual counties continue to measure up against these criteria.
- State Explorer: COVID-19’s impact on Texas has been both wide and deep. The State Explorer includes data visualizations that track the toll the virus has taken on Texans’ health, as well as the deep economic hardship it has created across the state.
- County Explorer: Not every community has felt the effects of COVID-19 equally. Through partnerships with many stakeholders across the state, the dashboard documents local impacts playing out across Texas’ counties.
“This information vividly illustrates how Texas is doing right now and where our state needs to improve,” said Margaret Spellings, CEO of Texas 2036. “Texans can use these tools to get a better sense of their state’s progress — and their community’s — and of continued challenges across a wide variety of metrics.”
The data is compiled daily from a variety of different sources, ranging from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services to Homebase (a private-sector scheduling and time-tracking tool) to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The data sets and visualizations allow the viewer to simultaneously track health and economic impacts of the epidemic across various communities. Additional data sets will be added in upcoming weeks to continue to build on this comprehensive, multifaceted platform to better inform policymakers and the public.
Taken together, the data sets demonstrate the breadth of interconnected challenges Texas faces in protecting its 254 counties and 29 million people, and in reviving the economy on which those people and communities depend. The dashboard dovetails with the mission of Texas 2036, a nonprofit group created both to pull together a wide range of data sets covering the spectrum of issues — including government performance — that will shape Texas’ future, and to help leaders make decisions ensuring the state’s continued prosperity when Texas reaches its bicentennial in 16 years.
“This information vividly illustrates how Texas is doing right now and where our state needs to improve,” Luce said. “Reliable, credible data can help move Texas forward.”
At this time, the COVID-19 tracking tool includes the following information:
COVID-Cases, Testing and Morbidity
- New COVID-19 Cases Per Day
- Daily Positive Test Rate
- Daily Test Volume
- Test Positive Rate
- COVID-19 Growth Rate from the Previous Day
- Total Tests per Capita
- Daily New COVID-19 Deaths
- Influenza-Like Illnesses
- COVID-Like Illnesses
- Hospital Beds
- Percentage of Available Beds
- Percentage of Available ICU Beds
- Available Adult Ventilators
- Available Pediatric Ventilators
- Texas Jobless Claims
- Estimated Change in Businesses Open
- Estimated Change in Hours Worked by Hourly Employees
- Estimated Change in Number of Hourly Employees Working
The Texas COVID-19 Data Resource utilizes data “as is” from multiple sources and bases analysis upon such data. Texas 2036 assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions which may exist in the underlying data set or subsequent calculations. The data is obtained directly from the cited sources and is updated regularly. The teams that assembled the tools could not see any personal identifying information about the individuals behind the data, and such identifying information is not available or visible to anyone using the tools.