A new Google Maps layer will now soon include information on COVID-19 spread in states, countries, and some cities.
Introducing the COVID layer in Maps, a tool that shows critical information about COVID-19 cases in an area so people can make more informed decisions about where to go and what to do.
When users open Google Maps, tap on the layers button on the top right-hand corner of the screen and click on “COVID-19 info”. You’ll then see a seven-day average of new COVID cases per 100,000 people for the area of the map you’re looking at, and a label that indicates whether the cases are trending up or down.
Color coding also helps you easily distinguish the density of new cases in an area. Trending case data is visible at the country level for all 220 countries and territories that Google Maps supports, along with state or province, county, and city-level data where available.
The layer is designed to help people “make more informed decisions about where to go and what to do,” Google Maps project manager Sujoy Banerjee wrote in a blog post. Public health experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that people track the amount of COVID-19 disseminated in their area to determine the risk of certain activities.