R Consortium Member Esri Empowers Informed Decision-Making Around COVID-19

By April 7, 2020Blog

Esri, international supplier of geographic information system software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications, is providing a comprehensive set of resources for researchers and others mapping the spread of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Esri COVID-19 Overview

From Esri: “As the situation surrounding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Esri is supporting our users and the community at large with location intelligence, geographic information system (GIS) and mapping software, services, and materials that people are using to help monitor, manage, and communicate the impact of the outbreak. Use and share these resources to help your community or organization respond effectively.”

The site provides 

  • GIS Help
  • Access GIS Resources: COVID-19 GIS Hub
  • View global maps and dashboards
  • Get insights – View reliable, up-to-date content related to COVID-19 from trusted sources.

From Esri: As global communities and businesses seek to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can take these five proactive steps to create an instant picture of your organization’s risk areas and response capacity.

Step 1

Map the cases

Map confirmed and active cases, fatalities, and recoveries cases to identify where COVID-19 infections exist and have occurred.

Step 2

Map the spread

Time-enabled maps can reveal how infections spread over time and where you may want to target interventions.

Step 3

Map vulnerable populations

COVID-19 disproportionally impacts certain demographics such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. Mapping social vulnerability, age, and other factors helps you monitor the most at-risk groups and regions.

Step 4

Map your capacity

Map facilities, employees or citizens, medical resources, equipment, goods, and services to understand and respond to current and potential impacts of COVID-19.

Step 5

Communicate with maps

Use interactive web maps, dashboard apps, and story maps to help rapidly communicate your situation.

Esri COVID-19 Overview