Code Purple

CODE PURPLE: COVID-19 Threatens America’s Heartland

November 20, 2020

This summer, created an interactive, dynamic map to show the areas of the country that were hardest hit. We used a simple color code—green for counties with few or no cases per 25,000 residents, and yellow, orange, and red for counties harder hit.

About a week ago, we woke up to the reality that our map was more than half red. The color coding system of the Giving Map is not just informational. It is designed to give concerned individuals a way to connect with communities in need. With this in mind, we have introduced a new color category: “code purple,” designating the parts of the country with the highest rates of COVID-19 infection. As of today 94 counties across the United States qualify as “Code Purple.”

Watch this time lapse animation* to see how the infection spread across the country:

COVID-19 Cases in USA
COVID-19 Cases in the Continental US: October – November 2020

Watch as YouTube video.

Watch seven-month time lapse GIF animation (April – November 2020).

We are faced with the reality that for every one case of COVID-19 reported, between five and ten people may be spreading the virus without showing symptoms or knowing that they have it. In Wisconsin in the past week, 36.5% of COVID-19 test results have come back positive.

It’s no secret that Coronavirus infection rates are spiraling out of control in the United States, with over 1 million new infections in the past week and over 8,000 deaths. But certain places in the United States have been hit much harder than others. Most of these are in the Midwest, West, and South: the “Heartland of America.” Many are rural areas.

View List of Top 200 Counties with the Highest COVID-19 Infection Rates.

Not everyone understands the risks of travel in this holiday season. Please stay safe and do what you can to educate others.

Tess Gadwa

Program Director

*Data Source (except where otherwise noted): Johns Hopkins University

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