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Phoenix-area map shows medical resources, where you may be more at risk of COVID-19

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 22:10:29-04

PHOENIX — The Maricopa Association of Governments has put together an interactive map to help you see the affect of COVID-19 in your community.

“We brought all of this data together so that you can have one stop to look at certain things,” Anubhav Bagley, the Regional Analytics Director told ABC 15. “You can look at this zip code in Peoria, or any other zip code that has a higher number of cases, and then start to evaluate why.”

The map combines data from the Arizona Department of Health Services and the census to give users a better idea of what impact COVID-19 is having on their communities. At the heart of the map is the “vulnerability index,” a formula that looks at an areas population of older adults, poverty rate, and access to services and assesses it as either “high”, “medium”, or “low.” It also maps out healthcare infrastructure, such as hospitals, laboratories, and long-term care and residential facilities.

In other words, the data shows where medical resources are located and where people may be more at risk of contracting COVID-19.

The map can also generate detailed reports of all the data it displays by county, city, congressional and legislative districts, as well as zip code.

“We originally began compiling the data to help our elected officials strategically respond to the crisis at the community level,” said MAG Executive Director Eric Anderson in a press release. “We realized the information would also be of great interest to anyone looking for healthcare resources during COVID-19, and decided to post the map publicly.”

See the Arizona Healthcare Assets map and look up your area here.