Spatial data and spatial analyses are central to responses, planning, and decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are a few resources that you may find helpful, many of which our member institutions and partner organizations have created.  Have a resource that you'd like to share?  Drop it into this online form

Meanwhile, if you are teaching and learning about mapping diseases and other topics related to COVID-19, remember that the GIS&T Body of Knowledge has helpful articles on classification and clustering, kernels and density estimation, point pattern analysis, problems with scale and zoning, statistical mapping, spatiotemporal representationrepresenting uncertaintyepidemiology, and public health, among many others that you might find helpful.  





Coronavirus SoS

Knowledge map of coronavirus research, computed from 15,000 articles, highlighting contributing research fields and scientific concepts, and presented as story map and dashboard. Story map featured by Esri as one of twelve "Innovative uses of story maps during the COVID-19 pandemic" (

BIG:DATA at the Center for Information Convergence and Strategy (CICS), San Diego State University

Movement and COVID-19

Report with analyses answering questions about movement, such as what kinds of jobs/industries are associated with more movement or less movement, and which parts of the world are staying home & avoiding non-essential retail+entertainment.

Friendly Cities Lab at Georgia Tech University

Mapping Human Mobility Changes

The web portal integrates the U.S. county-level mobile phone location data to map daily human mobility changes (travel distance and stay-at-home time) across the nation and shows how people reacted to the stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders.

GeoDS Lab at University of Wisconsin, Madison

Datasets, Dataverses, and Files related to COVID-19


Harvard Dataverse is a repository for research data and code. Coverage is extensive and global. 

Harvard Dataverse, Harvard University

COVID-19 Positive Cases by County in the US

Point pulse map of positive COVID-19 cases by county in the US including animation from 01/21/2020

Center for Geospatial Information Science, University of Maryland


A Knowledge Graph for Geographically Integrated COVID-19 Data

Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara

COVID-19 Cases, Connecticut

An interactive dashboard showing COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations by town in Connecticut.

Department of Geography, University of Connecticut

Tracking COVID-19 with Social Media and GIS

 Analytic dashboards, GIS maps, and  visualization graphs to track and monitor COVID-19 outbreaks and impacts to the regional and local communities in San Diego and California.

The Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age, San Diego State University

COVID-19, China Data Lab Dataverse


China Data Lab, Harvard University

new COVID-19 research literature, from NIH

Literature searches from NIH's COVID-19 Portfolio resulting from searches on "geographic information systems," "spatial," and "geographic"

National Institutes of Health

Genomic epidemiology of novel coronavirus - Global subsampling

Data, visualization, mapping: this phylogeny shows evolutionary relationships of hCoV-19 (or SARS-CoV-2) viruses from the ongoing novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.


Graphs4Good GraphHack Projects

COVID research using graph databases


Social Distancing Scoreboard

An interactive Scoreboard, updated daily, to empower organizations to measure and understand the efficacy of social distancing initiatives at the local level.


Facebook & Carnegie Mellon University COVID-19 Symptom Map

This map shows an estimated percentage of people with COVID-19 symptoms, not confirmed cases. Facebook uses aggregated public data from a survey conducted by Carnegie Mellon University Delphi Research Center.

Facebook's DataForGood

COVID-19 Data behind Johns Hopkins Dashboard

The GitHub data repository for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Visual Dashboard operated by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (JHU CSSE).

Center for Systems Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic Data 


About Data Responsibility for COVID-19

COVID-related data, plus the members of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Sub-Group on Data Responsibility has developed this FAQ to support people around the world working with data in the COVID-19 response. The ongoing response presents a range of challenges and opportunities around the safe, ethical, and effective management of data. 

The Humanitarian Data Exchange, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs


Maps, datasets, applications, and more for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

COVID-19 Rapid Response Gateway

A Gateway to COVID-19 Data, Information and Knowledge

IUCRC Spatiotemporal Innovation Center (George Mason University, UC Santa Barbara, and Harvard University)
COVID-19 Testing Sites Mapping Program

To facilitate public access to COVID-19 testing site location data, GISCorps has configured a mobile-friendly public Testing Site Locator application. In addition, a public view layer of the Testing Sites dataset is available as an ArcGIS REST service or a JSON file for anyone who would like to use it.


WhereCOVID-19 notebooks map multi-scale spread of COVID-19 and assess related impacts by integrating diverse geospatial data, analysis, and modeling capabilities based on CyberGIS-Jupyter, an innovative cyberGIS framework for conducting data-intensive, reproducible, and scalable geospatial analytics using Jupyter Notebooks as the primary user environment.

CyberGIS Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Mapping COVID Data

Yale researchers in medicine, nursing public health, engineering, and the social sciences have teamed up to create This project includes geospatial maps to visualize large data sets in unique and interesting ways.

 Yale University
Coronavirus Resource Center

This website is a resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives.

Johns Hopkins University


Coronavirus: As Florida re-opens, COVID-19 data chief gets sidelined and researchers cry foul.  Rebeckah Jones, GIS Manager for the Florida Department of Health, was terminated from her position. Previously she had been recognized for her work in promoting state-wide data and making it accessible to all.   Article from the Florida Today newspaper.

The Computer Algorithm that Among the First to Detect the Coronavirus Outbreak. Bill Whitaker on 60 Minutes, Monday April 27, 2020. Describes BlueDot's location data and their team (includes geographers), Esri's contributions in California, and other geo-AI relevance to early detection. 

China Lifts Lockdown, But Strict Controls Still Curb Residents.  Emily Feng on NPR, Saturday April 25, 2020.  Describes complications resulting from uncoordinated efforts at monitoring a person's location across geographic administrative scales. 


CGA VIRTUAL FORUM: Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic with Geospatial Research and Applications

Hosted by Harvard University's Center for Geographic Analysis, this virtual forum will focus on time-sensitive COVID-19 topics. Friday May 1, 2020 (10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT). 

Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University 


As COVID-19 Accelerates, Governments Must Harness Mobile Data to Stop Spread: Despite privacy concerns, “contact tracing” using GPS data may be our best bet to contain this large and fast-growing pandemic.  

by Shashi Shekhar and Apurv Hirsh Shekhar, March 24, 2020. The MIT Press Reader

GIS in this Time of Crisis: A Note from Jack Dangermond (video, 11 minutes). April 13, 2020.