A Brief Guide to COVID-19 Racial Data Trackers

Kim Gallon
2 min readOct 28, 2020


To date, 51 states/territories report coronavirus infections, while 50 states publish mortality data on COVID-19. However, the lack of national standards for data collection and reporting poses problems for obtaining a full picture of how COVID-19 impacts different ethnic and racial groups.

COVID Racial Data Tracker https://covidtracking.com/race

Still, nine months after the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, consistent data reporting tells us that on average Black Americans are shouldering the burden of COVID-19. The COVID Tracking Project, reports that based on their share of the population, Black people are 2.3 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than white people.

APM Research Lab: Color of Coronavirus https://www.apmresearchlab.org/covid/deaths-by-race

According to the APM Research Lab, even when the data is age-adjusted (indirect adjusted death rate), Black people continue to have the highest death rates from the coronavirus. On the other hand, age-adjusted data shows that white people have the lowest mortality rate of all racial and ethnic groups.

Researchers have pointed to a complex set of factors that include co-morbidities, structural racism, and a greater probability of living and working in densely populated areas that make Black people more vulnerable to contracting and dying from COVID-19. This is why access to quality COVID-19 data is critical.

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Four major projects (The CDC, Johns Hopkins, APM Research Lab, and the COVID Racial Data Tracker)track and visualize COVID-19 race and ethnic data to help researchers, educators, policymakers, physicians, public health officials, the media, and the general public understand and use this information. This chart is a brief overview and a comparative evaluation of the COVID-19 racial data trackers.

Based on select criteria, the “COVID Racial Data Tracker” and “APM Research Lab: The Color of Coronavirus” provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date race and ethnic data on COVID-19. We hope this chart will assist individuals and organizations in making the most informed choice about the type of data resource to use for analyzing the impact of COVID-19 on Black communities and other people of color in the United States.