California news outlets collaborate on COVID-19 data efforts

Regional papers and news outlets in California formed a collaboration to collect COVID-19 data and report on the virus spread beyond the state health departments efforts, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Times has collected details as part of an independent survey of COVID-19 information compiled from 61 regional health agencies because March and used the info for its coronavirus tracker. The study has released the variety of deaths and cases days before the California health department.

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As part of the partnership, the data collection efforts will be split in between theTimes and the San Francisco Chronicle, which has performed similar survey efforts individually in the past. Information journalists from the San Diego Union-Tribune and other news outlets will contribute to the efforts and utilize the information for their reports and posts.

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The Times already updates data daily on Github.

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Friday, September 11th, 2020