CARES Provides COVID-19 Dashboard Support for Local Public Health Departments

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, CARES has been collecting and publishing COVID-19 cases, deaths, and testing rates at a state and national level. At the same time, MU Extension specialists identified several counties in Missouri who needed assistance with publishing daily COVID-19 data. After a few tweaks and troubleshooting, CARES launched a City/County-level series of dashboards in Missouri. Current participating public health departments include:

  • Andrew County
  • Benton County
  • Harrison County
  • Howell County
  • Jasper County
  • Saline County
  • City of Joplin

View the City/County Dashboards on All Things Missouri, powered by CARES.

Read more about Joplin’s dashboard here:

Joplin Health Dept. reports death resulting from COVID-19; brings total to 123
Joplin surpasses 100 coronavirus-related deaths

Missouri Broadband Resource Rail

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The Missouri Broadband Resource Rail, or, is a collaborative project between CARES, the University of Missouri Broadband Initiative, and Extension. The Hub aims to provide communities across Missouri with data, tools, and the critical research and planning support they need to expand broadband to rural and underserved areas.

CARES is excited to announce the launch of the Resource Rail Speed Test. This Speed Test is a quick two-minute data collection activity. Anyone with an internet connection can participate in the Speed Test and the more responses we get, the better the data will be.

What are we doing with the data, you ask?

We plan to give it back to you. Communities who lack broadband infrastructure have to prove it in order to compete for local, state, and federal dollars. This Speed Test will collect connectivity information from each test, aggregate and normalize the data, and provide the results to communities, counties, and regions as maps.

Healthiest Communities Rankings

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U.S. News & World Report, in partnership with CARES and the Aetna Foundation, released the 2021 Healthiest Communities rankings on June 30, 2021.

Check out the 2021 Healthiest Communities Rankings and see how your community compares: