A year into the global pandemic, data on COVID-19 metrics for the United States congressional districts has not been available. Researchers at the Geographic Insights Lab based at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis, and Microsoft AI for Health present COVID-19 metrics and data visualization for the congressional districts to allow elected officials and their constituents to monitor and develop testing and vaccine deployment strategies and other measures to enable their districts to reopen safely.
Underscoring the importance of having COVID-19 metrics by congressional districts, Chairwoman of the Committee on Small Business and Representative Nydia M. Velázquez of New York's 7th Congressional District comments:
"This research from the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies provides critical insight not previously available into how this pandemic is impacting different congressional districts across the United States,” said Chairwoman Velázquez. “Because of this information, the House Small Business Committee can better examine the efficacy of federal programs in reaching the areas most impacted by this virus. Data like this is critical to policymakers as it improves our ability to legislate changes that ensure aid is going to those that need it most."