Federal government launches new coronavirus data portal

WASHINGTON (WLNE)- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched a new Coronavirus Data Hub on Monday, aiming to provide a picture of the spread of the virus and its effects on hospital capacity in near-real time.

The website is the result of HHS Protect, “a secure data ecosystem” for sharing, housing, and accessing the data, with a focus on transparency, privacy and security, the department said in a statement.

The website uses data collected from agencies across the federal government, including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, among others, according to the statement.

Along with a frequently updated count of the number of confirmed cases and reported deaths, the site looks to give a clear figure on hospital capacity, delivered in “near-real time.”

The data is submitted by the state of the hospital itself through HHS Protect, the department said. According to the website, the numbers are updated several times a day.

A map gives a color-coded overview of percentages on hospital capacity by state, with a table give more specific numbers.

At this writing the number of coronavirus patients in in-patient beds is reported as 65,543; the number in intensive care beds is reported as 75,891.

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