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Scarce free hospital beds reveal the high cost of politicians playing doctor

"Who Ya Gonna Believe Me or Your Own Eyes?" - Chico Marx

There are no alternate facts when it comes to COVID. Deaths are real, no matter what politicians say. Judge for yourself with these maps based on data from Health & Human Services (HHS) Protect Public Data Hub and the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

These maps are designed with ArcGIS Online and refresh regularly on their own as new data is available. Notice how the Florida COVID Dashboard has changed from 620,026 deaths when the dashboard was created on Dec 12th to 62,389 deaths today (Dec 28th).

Hospital Utilization & Available Bed Capacity

HHS collects data from hospitals to track how many beds are available. As more beds are occupied by patients infected with COVID, fewer are available for other who need them for:

  • Stroke
  • Cardiac arrhythmias / Congestive heart failure.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Diabetes
  • Infection / Pneumonia
  • Auto accident
  • Shooting
  • Pregnancies

"This dataset provides facility-level data for hospital utilization aggregated on a weekly basis and with reports from (1) HHS TeleTracking, and (2) reporting provided directly to HHS Protect by state/territorial health departments on behalf of their healthcare facilities." - HHS

Hospital utilization and bed availability

COVID-19 vaccination rates and cases

Vaccination prevents severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Testing provides important metrics to combat COVID-19 and improve health outcomes. This map shows the relationship between vaccination and case rates with COVID-19 test results collected from over 1,000 U.S. laboratories.

The map is interactive. Vaccination rates are shown horizontally (X-axis) and the number of COVID cases are shown vertically (Y-axis). The bottom, right hand corner (dark brown) shows areas with low vaccination rates and a high number of COVID cases. Click on one or more colored box to see the link between vaccinations and COVID cases across the country.

COVID vaccination rates and cases

How to navigate this map

COVID-19 Vaccination rates and cases

Health And Human Services (HHS) Protect Public Data Hub

"HHS needed a central way to make data collected by various operating divisions, including CDC, CMS, HRSA, and others, visible to first responders at federal, state, and local levels and we needed to collect this data as fast as possible. To fulfill this need, HHS built HHS Protect, a secure data ecosystem powered by eight commercial technologies for sharing, parsing, housing, and accessing COVID-19 data and driven by four principles: transparency, sharing, privacy, and security.

The HHS Protect ecosystem is a secure platform for authentication, amalgamation, and sharing of healthcare information, so that the U.S. government can harness the full power of data for the COVID-19 response. U.S. healthcare data has often been fractured and inaccessible. With Protect, more than 200 disparate data sources are brought together into one ecosystem that integrates data across federal, state, and local governments and the healthcare industry. It provides a holistic view of the U.S. healthcare system so decision makers informed by Protect have information to guide action and save lives with a data-driven COVID-19 response."

Florida COVID dashboard

The Florida dashboard was created by DemLabs using ArcGIS Online Dashboards with publicly available HHS data. Scan the QR Code below for the latest version of the dashboard.

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