Editor’s note: As of April 1, 2022, Missouri stopped updating some of its daily COVID metrics at the county level. The Kansas City Beacon has adjusted which metrics it reports as a result. For more information on the changes and to access historical data, please visit our data download & FAQ page.

What do these numbers mean?

Weekly case rate: To adjust for population, this metric takes the total number of new cases reported in a week, divided by the location’s population and multiplied by 100,000.

Weekly COVID hospital admissions rate: The total number of people admitted to the hospital with the COVID-19 virus divided by the location’s population and multiplied by 100,000.

CDC community transmission: Public health officials determine this indicator using each county’s weekly COVID case rate, weekly COVID hospital admission rate and the percentage of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID patients.

Read more in our COVID Data Dashboard FAQ.

Still curious about COVID in Kansas City?

More information about how we compiled these numbers, what they mean and how you can access the underlying data can be found on our COVID Data Dashboard FAQ.

For any other questions, tips or suggestions for additional COVID datasets you’d like to see, please fill out our COVID Help Desk form:

Additional data notes

The sources of these visualizations are Kansas City Beacon analyses of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These analyses are available for public, noncommercial use with attribution to The Kansas City Beacon. For additional details, please see the Kansas City COVID data dashboard FAQ page.

Please report data issues to madison@thebeacon.media.

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