Google Maps adds a new layer that provides users with up-to-date information on coronavirus outbreaks in a selected region.
The new feature follows other updates from Maps related to the coronavirus, including information on congestion, COVID-19 transit alerts and travel restrictions.
Users tap on the ‘layers’ button in the right corner of the map and click on ‘COVID-19 info’
An average of seven days of new infections per 100,000 people will appear, along with a label indicating whether cases are increasing or decreasing.
The color code on the cards indicates the density of new cases: gray indicates no case in a given region, yellow representing 1 to 10 cases, orange 10 to 20, dark orange 20 to 30 cases, red 30 40 cases and dark red indicating more than 40 cases per 100,000 population.
The COVID layer begins to roll out worldwide this week on Android and iOS.
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A new layer on Google Maps allows users to see details of COVID-19 outbreaks in a given region, such as the Florida Heartland (seen here). Seven-day averages are shown, along with a label indicating whether the number of infections tends to increase or decrease
Trend data is visible at the country level for the 220 countries and territories supported by Google Maps, the company said, as well as state, county and city level data where it is available.
Google says the numbers come from multiple sources – including Johns Hopkins, Wikipedia and the New York Times – which in turn pull data from medical centers, state and local governments, and the World Health Organization.
“A lot of these sources are already feeding the information about COVID cases into research, and we are now expanding that data to Google Maps,” Google Maps product manager Sujoy Banerjee said in a blog post on Wednesday.
“We hope these features of Google Maps will help you get to where you need to be in the safest and most efficient way possible. “
Google Maps users can press the “layers” button in the right corner of a map and click “COVID-19 Information”. The feature is available at country level worldwide and for cities, states and municipalities where applicable
In June, Google Maps began including details of transit routes affected by the pandemic.
It also added driving alerts to notify motorists of COVID-19 checkpoints and restrictions along their route, including when crossing international borders.
Google Maps now also includes healthcare facilities near users who support the COVID-19 test, with an alert reminding users to check facility eligibility and guidelines to avoid being fired “or cause additional pressure on the local health system ”.
Google Maps COVID-19 layer for the central United States. The color code indicates the density of new cases, from gray (zero cases) to dark red (over 40 cases per 100,000 residents)
In some regions, users can also see which restaurants are offering delivery and fulfillment.
This month, Google partnered with Apple on contact tracing software that uses Bluetooth to alert people if they’ve been around someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
Users can also decide whether they want to report that they have tested positive, using a unique PIN code to keep their identity anonymous.
Google Maps tackled another national crisis this summer by adding a wildfire boundary map providing the near real-time outline of a conflagration a traveler may encounter, with directions to current news and useful information from people. local authorities.