Bama Tracker displays custom COVID-19 tracking for the state
Creator, David Marconnet, creates charts and maps of COVID-19 data overtime from the ADPH.
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Bama Tracker began about 10 months ago, evolving rapidly since then, 1.5 million people have visited the website since it launched. About 12,000 to 15,000 people visit the site daily. A private site, displaying a custom COVID-19 tracker tailored just for the state of Alabama.
“It exploded in just a matter of weeks last year, and it was really really busy, and it sort of follows the same pattern traffic that Covid cases are doing,” David Marconnet, creator, said. so as covid sort of decreased in late Summer, early Fall, so did the traffic to the site, but then since things have ticked back up people are going back to the site to see what’s going on.”
The site is ran solo by Marconnet. With 15 years of experience in software development, he creates charts and maps of COVID-19 data overtime from the Alabama Department of Public Health to make information approachable and easy to understand to viewers.
You can view totals of tests, positive covid cases, hospitalizations, deaths, vaccinations and more in the state.
“I think it just gives people something they can sort of connect with in more of a personal way than just going to some single number somewhere or some nationwide site,” Marconnet said.
Viewers can look at the entire state or dig deeper to look at county by county, they can even compare counties. Total population, positive cases and deaths due to COVID-19 are listed for each county in the state.
“You get a lot more cases and deaths in the higher populated counties in the state for sure,” Marconnet said. “There are some kind of average numbers that are optimized by the population of the county so you can sort of see the hotspots around the state, and just throughout the course of the pandemic over the last ten months you can see the hotspots essentially kind of move around the state just as the spreading takes place.”
The second most popular section of the site is the vaccination totals.
“I’m really happy they (ADPH) put the numbers up,” Marconnet said. “I think there is a lot of value in seeing that just because a lot of people look as sort of the hope to see the end of all of this. I would like to see them put a little more data out their potentially maybe by age range or by profession, so maybe they will expand the data on their board with that.”
Bama Tracker updates daily, time and category depending on the schedule of the ADPH.
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