Concluding TheCovidMonitor & Starting a New Chapter
March 11th, 2021
In August 2020, FinMango joined FloridaCovidAction to launch a ground-breaking joint project that built the nation’s first and most comprehensive dataset, focusing on coronavirus cases in every K-12 school district in the United States. Our initiative ensured that COVID-19 data was accurate, transparent, and published in a single, public platform—an effort that effectively informed decision makers as they worked to understand and mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
Since the launch of our project, we have come a long way. Our small army of volunteers made a commitment to making a difference, despite the many obstacles we faced. From complications due to the pandemic itself, to the scarcity of transparent reporting of the virus in American schools, our team showed resilience and dedication. For us, the true opportunity for success came from the passion within our people; not just because we knew there was a gap to fill.
Through the course of the last seven months, we have tracked cases in 6,810 school districts, with data from all 50 U.S. States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Where states refused to report or where reporting was less-than-transparent, we investigated cases reported by the public. We collaborated with The New York Times and provided critical information for CNN, US News and World Report, and academic research. As we conclude this project, more than 675,000 COVID-19 cases in students and staff were reported between August 2020 and March 1, 2021.
As we continue to assemble and clean-up our final data files for each state, we reflect upon the countless hours of work put in by our volunteers, and the value this data has brought to the national discussion about the safety of school students and staff during COVID-19.
We hope the White House, Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institutes of Health pick up this mantle as they consider monitoring progress toward reopening schools nation-wide. After all, if we have no data about how many students and staff have been tested, quarantined, isolated, tested positive, or died, how could we ever measure the success or failure of policies guaranteed to so greatly impact the lives of so many Americans.
“The Covid Monitor” will be transitioning to “The Vaccine Monitor,” and will be publishing accurate vaccination data from different countries around the world. All of our social media platforms will transition to “The Vaccine Monitor.” You can also find us on https://vaccines.finmango.org/.