Dallas-based nonprofit Texas 2036 launched a COVID-19 dashboard today that compiles county-level data on cases, testing and morbidity as well as on hospitals and economic impact.


Texas 2036 staff consulted with experts at Dell Medical School in choosing which information to include, according to a news release from Texas 2036. The data is updated daily and comes from a variety of sources, including the state health department and banks.

Pulling up Travis County on the dashboard reveals that the local death rate is 3%, which is slightly higher than the statewide death rate of 2.73%, and the testing rate is just over one per 1,000 people, compared to about 1.6 in Texas.

Nearly a third of area hospital beds are occupied, as of May 6, and emergency rooms reported 108 visits related to COVID-19. Statewide hospital data is reported slightly differently—in terms of available resources rather than those in use. In Texas, 78% of hospital beds, 57% of ICU beds and 30% of ventilators are in use.

In terms of economic data, the dashboard reports nearly 70,000 Travis County residents have filed for unemployment benefits since March 21, using data culled from the Texas Workforce Commission. The local industries hardest hit by this pandemic, in terms of claims, are restaurants; hotels and motels; and physicians offices. Statewide unemployment is at 4.7%, according to the dashboard.


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