COVID-19 Data Resources

Benchmark Data Labs is here to help you understand how the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting South Dakota so that you can make smart decisions in response.

COVID-19’s impacts on our institutions and economy are unprecedented and the full effects will not be known for some time. The only thing we can count on right now is that the facts and statistics are changing on a daily if not hourly basis.

This post shares a number of credible and valuable resources that you can use to keep yourself informed regarding the latest COVID-19 developments in South Dakota and across the globe. We have vetted each of these resources to ensure that they are reliable and have been reporting accurate information.


Benchmark Data Labs has release a new COVID-19 data dashboard with the latest numbers on infections, deaths, and testing rates. We are updating this dashboard daily to ensure that our users have access to the most current information available from the South Dakota Department of Health.

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Novel Coronoavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Information from the South Dakota Department of Health

The South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH) provides a wealth of resources and data regarding COVID-19. SDDOH provides the most up-to-date official data on current COVID-19 cases, recoveries, and testing in South Dakota. SDDOH updates its site daily by 12PM CT and includes cases reported through 5PM the previous day.

CDC confirmed COVID Cases by US state and source of exposure

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracks confirmed COVID-19 cases and their source of exposure. CDC updates its public information daily to report its case count as of 4 PM the previous day.

Reported COVID Cases by nation, state, and county, Johns Hopkins University

Professor Lauren Gardner and graduate student Ensheng Dong of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering created a world map with cases reported by publicly available data sources across the globe. The map is maintained in near real time throughout the day through a combination of manual and automated updating. The time of the latest update is noted on the bottom of the dashboard.

IHME US and State COVID -19 peak infection and recovery projections

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent population health research center at the University of Washington. The IHME model takes into account social distancing, testing protocols, and hospital capacity to predict COVID-19 infection and death trajectories at the national and state level. Data is updated daily but may lag other sources.

Worldometers global COVID-19 tally

Worldometers provides up-to-date global COVID-19 statistics at a glance. Their international team of researchers, developers, and volunteers collects international data on active and closed COVID-19 cases as well as death rates, incubation periods, age breakdowns, and symptoms from the Wuhan Province of China.

PEW Research on how Coronoavirus Impacts on daily life

PEW Research provides analysis on how COVID-19 has impacted the daily lives of Americans. Their research covers everything from changes in religious practices to spending time in public.

Tableau data COVID data resources

Fancy making your own digital COVID-19 chart? Check out the latest resources from Tableau. Or contact us to see how we can help visualize your data.

Business and Community Resources

Analysis of CARES act for nonprofits

This analysis of the CARES act gives nonprofit organizations guidance on eligibility for small business loans and grants, assistance through the US Treasury Department, pandemic unemployment assistance, and tax provisions.

Business Resources for COVID-19 from Elevate Rapid City

Elevate Rapid City actively compiles and updates relevant business and employment resources for the region. They provide insight on federal and state business relief programs, tax credits for employees, and unemployment information.

211 Helpline Center COVID and Food/Basic Needs Information

211 Helpline staff work closely with community organizations across the state to bring you up-to-date information on Food and Basic Needs services, closures, unemployment help, child care assistance, and other vital community resources.  They also provide Help Sheets on multiple COVID-19 related topics.

SD Department of Labor Unemployment Information

South Dakota Department of Labor (DOL) provides reemployment assistance benefits to those whose jobs have been affected by COVID-19. Reemployment assistance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to eligible unemployed workers who lost their job through no fault of their own and are not based on financial need. The DOL highly recommends new applicants to file their claim online.

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