WIU interactive map tracks COVID-19 spread

Western Illinois University is promoting an interactive tool that monitors the COVID-19 pandemic. The digital map not only focuses on Illinois, but also its bordering states as well.

“I’m a member of the state’s incident management team, which we deployed out for the flood of 2019, so I’m used to working with a lot of folks from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Police,” said Chad Sperry, WIU GIS Center Director. “So, we were having conversations with GIS professionals from IEMA and ISP and one of the things that came to our attention was there was not a good interactive viewer specifically for the state of Illinois.”

Those conversations led to the idea for an online county by county dashboard to include not only Illinois, but contiguous states as well.

“We wanted to get into that granular data of showing what’s happening at the county level,” Sperry told RFD Radio over the weekend. “As we were working on this, one of our staff members was able to find the same statistics from neighboring states.”

That staff member was Renee Buker, GIS Center specialist.

“So we actually have links embedded at the bottom of that dashboard that contain information for the surrounding states,” Sperry said.

Check it out at this link.