One way to monitor an infectious disease like COVID-19 is to look for “hotspots,” or places where growth of active cases are creating challenges relative to other regions. A hotspotting exercise allows policymakers, industry leaders, and other key stakeholders to quickly assess where to deploy resources. In this paper, we discuss some of the nuances that come into play in hotspotting and present some data we believe is helpful to hotspotters. The data we present will quickly become dated, so we encourage those interested in ongoing monitoring to regularly check Leavitt Partners Insight’s COVID-19 Burden Index, available at covid19.torchinsight.com for a regular update of hotspot areas, and to reach out to us with any questions or specific data needs.
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