To help visualize how we are doing as counties begin to open, I created a reopening heatmap.
This heatmap highlights the number of cases reported by the State of PA’s Health Department in the last 14 days, per 100k residents of the county, a key metric to Pennsylvania’s initial reopening strategy.
This map is color-coded.
- Counties with over 50 cases per 100k residents are red, with darker shades representing higher numbers.
- Counties with between 25-50 cases are colored yellow, aligning with the state guidance that counties should have less than 50 cases per capita before moving to this phase.
- There is no clear benchmark for the green phase of reopening. But for purposes of our visualization, all counties with less than 25 cases are shaded green.
- There has been a sharp decline of newly reported cases in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.
- Bucks County now has the fewest reported new cases in the last 14 days per 100k residents in the Philly Metro Area;
- The number of reported positive cases in Chester County has remained relatively flat.
- Dauphin County, home to the PA Capital of Harrisburg, now rivals Philadelphia with the second highest number of confirmed cases per capita.
To view in full-screen mode on your Mac or PC: Click the image of the computer monitor in the upper right corner of the graphic.
A heatmap only shows us a snapshot in time and doesn’t really give us much insight into how a county is trending. For more perspective, here’s what the map looked like on 5/30: