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COVID-19 Case Tracker

Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities in congregate settings

We recently determined that some of the numbers we inputted into the tracker derive from state sources that combine totals for residents and staff of congregate settings. We will be updating these numbers over the next few weeks wherever possible to reflect the number of infections and deaths for residents only. (Posted 5/8)

COVID-19 is spreading uncontrolled through institutions, and people with disabilities are paying the price. Most people with disabilities in congregate settings (such as nursing homes, institutions, group homes and psychiatric hospitals) are not being offered personal protective equipment, or any way to protect themselves from getting sick. Their staff may not have protective equipment either. With no visitors, many people in institutions have no way to report abuse and neglect. And at a time when sanitation is more critical than ever, congregate settings are no longer being inspected to ensure that staff are implementing infection control measures such as hand-washing. 

It’s critical that we understand how many people we are losing as COVID-19 spreads through institutions but some states aren’t reporting numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths in congregate settings, and the federal government isn’t keeping track. The COVID-19 case tracker combines information from news articles and state & local government reports, to give us the most complete picture possible.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 Case Tracker, or for more information, email tracker@autisticadvocacy.org.

Nationwide CasesIndividual SettingsHow We Get Our NumbersSubmit Info to the Tracker
The numbers displayed on this page are based on reports from reputable media sources and state governments. However, there are limitations to what data is available. Click here to read more about where we get the numbers and how we calculate the totals.

Nationwide Reported Numbers:

Some states may show 0 or no data for number of cases or number of deaths. This does not mean that there are no cases or deaths in that state. We just don’t have any data about that state yet. You can help us by submitting data to the tracker.
The rapid spread of COVID-19 in jails and prisons is affecting our community as well. People in state and federal prisons are nearly 3x as likely to have disabilities than the nonincarcerated population, and people in jails are more than 4x as likely to have disabilities. The COVID-19 Behind Bars project is tracking jails, prisons, detention centers, and other facilities of incarceration impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Click here to visit COVID-19 Behind Bars.
If you have questions about the COVID-19 Case Tracker, or for more information, email tracker@autisticadvocacy.org.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 Case Tracker, or for more information, email tracker@autisticadvocacy.org.

Right now, there are three different ways we’re tracking COVID-19 infections and deaths:

  1. Reports that mention the numbers for an entire state.
  2. Reports that mention the numbers for specific counties within a state.
  3. Reports that mention numbers for one specific institution.

The numbers are not exactly the same from each of the three sources. It might be easier to find the numbers for an entire state than to find out how many cases and deaths have happened at specific institutions.

Below you can see the current tallies for each of our three methods. Where the numbers for a particular state differ depending on the source, we’ve chosen to use the highest number available as our final tally. We’re using the highest available numbers because we are basing our tracking on publicly-available reporting, and COVID-19 cases in institutions are most likely being undercounted and underreported.1Bunis, Dena. “Nursing Homes Ordered to Disclose COVID-19 Cases, Deaths.” AARP, 20 Apr. 2020; Kliff, Sarah, and Julie Bosman. “Official Counts Understate the U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll.” New York Times, 5 Apr. 2020; Khimm, Suzy, et al. “More than 2,200 Coronavirus Deaths in Nursing Homes, but Federal Government Isn’t Tracking Them.” NBC News, 12 Apr. 2020. Therefore, we believe that by displaying the highest reported numbers we are providing the most accurate information we can to the best of our ability.

You can help us make our tracker more accurate by submitting information about specific institutions that have reported COVID-19 cases and/or deaths.

Note: We are only trying to track numbers for the residents of institutions.

If you only have time to submit a link to an article or report about COVID-19 case numbers, use the Quick submit option below.

However, if you are able to answer a few questions about the article, such as where the institution is located and how many cases were reported, you should use Submit with details. The more information you can give us, the faster we can include it in our tracker.

Quick submit (link only)
Submit with details

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