COVID-19 Layer in Google Maps

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Just a few days ago Google released a new feature in Google Maps. As we are still in the midst of a pandemic, Google added a layer to show COVID-19 cases. It shows a seven-day average of new COVID cases per 100,000 people of the area on the map you are currently looking at. In the United States, you can zoom in all the way to the county level and see the seven-day average for each county. 

Google collects this information about the case numbers from various authoritative sources like the World Health Organization, government health ministries, and other state and local health agencies and hospitals. As the situation with COVID-19 is fluent, the numbers can differ when you check with different sources and there might be also some delay on either Google Maps side or on other websites. Some discrepancies are normal.

The feature is great to evaluate the situation if you plan travels and see what the situation is in your home state and a place you would like to travel to. As always use this feature with care as there could be some discrepancies as mentioned before. Also, the safest place right now is to stay at home. I know most of us to have the urge to get out and get a change of scenery after all these days hunkered down.

Activating the COVID-19 Layer

  1. Open Google Maps
  2. Tap on the layer icon in the top right corner
  3. Click on “COVID-19 info” and see the case number overlay

*As of right now, this layer is only available in the Google Maps mobile app and not on the Google Maps website.

This is a great tool just to stay up to date with the current ongoing pandemic. While the COVID-19 layer is active all other layers and saved places will be deactivated for a better view of the layer. However, you are still able to see the location of people who share their locations with you. Have you tried it yet?

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