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Appalachian Regional Commission Provides New Resources Documenting COVID-19 Spread in Appalachia in Relation to Rest of Nation

Real-Time Data Maps Spread of Coronavirus at Regional Level Searchable Database Offers Insight on Confirmed Cases in Relation to Hospital Beds and Demographics at County Level

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has announced two new tools documenting the spread of COVID-19 at the regional and county levels. The COVID-19 Cases in Appalachia map displays the current number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Appalachia and throughout the United States. Higher numbers of cases are marked by larger dots, while smaller numbers of confirmed cases are represented by smaller dots. By clicking on a location, users can see confirmed COVID-19 cases and any related deaths at the county level. This map is automatically updated throughout the day drawing on data collected by the Johns Hopkins University. Due to frequent changes, it is advised that users refresh their browsers often when viewing the map. As of March 26th, at 1:30 pm (ET), there were 1,686 confirmed cases in 208 Appalachian counties.

The second tool, Explore County-level Coronavirus Impact Planning searchable database, presents a demographic data snapshot of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in relation to hospital bed counts, population and businesses, and categories of people at risk for COVID-19 in infographic form for each one of the nation’s counties. By clicking on each statistical icon, users can learn more about the supporting data. COVID-19 related data is updated daily.

These tools were developed in cooperation with ESRI, who is currently providing the data free of charge for open source use purposes.

“These comprehensive resources can serve as an important tool for policy-makers and all those involved in the response to COVID-19 in the Appalachian Region,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. “This unique challenge requires an innovative response, and I am thankful to the researchers and modelers who have risen to the occasion to develop these valuable tools.”

These tools, as well as other ARC updates in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, are available at the ARC coronavirus website


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Research Articles


Food Insecurity Among College Students with and without Medical Disorders at a University in Appalachia
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Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Referral to Care for People Living with HIV in Appalachia
Cameron A. Wade, Timothy N. Crawford, Nicole Leedy, and Alice C. Thornton


Skin Cancer and UV Exposure-Related Behaviors Among Appalachian and Non-Appalachian Adults
Minal Patel, Katrina Serrano, Elise Rice, Chan Thai, Kelly Blake, and Robin C. Vanderpool


Seeking Care at Free Episodic Health Care Clinics in Appalachia
Malerie Lazar, Sandra Thomas, and Lisa Davenport