Our Data-Driven Response to COVID-19

It’s no question that these are unprecedented times that we are facing here in Detroit. Our city is ahead of the other counties in Southeast Michigan in terms of most positive Coronavirus tests in Michigan. Many businesses have transitioned to all remote work or have ceased operations altogether. 

At this time, it has become more important than ever that we stand together as a community and help those who have been affected and the populations who are most vulnerable. 

At Data Driven Detroit, we are doing our part by working remotely as a team to provide data and tools to identify those who need the most help during these times—and to provide information that can be used in assisting them. We are also listening to our community and working to provide the data and tools that will help the most.

We’ve started by increasing capacity on our AskD3 service, allowing us to answer more questions at a time when people have more concerns than ever before. 

We’ve created an interactive map that can help organizations and our community to locate at-risk populations in Michigan, so that they can work to assist them.

  1. Older residents, age 70+ 
    • Which areas have the highest population of senior citizens?
    • Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates 2014-2018
  2. People without Health Insurance
    • Where are we seeing gaps in health insurance coverage among Michigan residents? 
    • Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates 2014-2018
  3. Asthma Related Hospital or ER Visits Through Medicaid
    • Which areas are seeing the greatest number of asthma-related medical emergencies, especially in Medicaid patients? 
    • Source: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, 2017
  4. Households without Access to a Vehicle
    • Where are there residents who cannot easily access healthcare services and household necessities because they do not have regular access to a vehicle? 
    • Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates 2014-2018

We are actively updating this map to include Metro-Detroit hospitals as well as nursing and resident care centers. 

In addition, D3 is developing two other resources, a county-level map for the country, including per capita calculations for cases and deaths to help contextualize the increasing cases in different parts of the country.  The second resource will help us track coronavirus over time at the county level in Michigan, providing valuable information to organizations on the rate of increase in their communities.

Keep an eye out for more information on these tools, as well as data consumption guides. There’s so much new data available related to coronavirus, we want to help ensure that people are able to understand it and use it to inform their decision making processes as we all continue to move forward in the face of this pandemic.

What other data and tools would you find helpful? Please let us know!