Another way to slice the county Covid data in CA

Yesterday I posted an interesting chart showing Ventura County at the bottom of a list of top 20 or so California counties for COVID-19 incidence and fatality rate. Today as a reporter I had the opportunity to speak to the designer of the web app, Dr. Chris Barker of UC Davis, about these numbers. He cautioned me on a couple of points, pointing out that for display reasons that chart was limited to the top 22 counties in California, so that Ventura County was certainly not at the bottom of the list of the state’s 57 counties.

I think you can see that more moderate assessment of the county’s success at suppressing the virus in this chart I found on the LA Times coronavirus data page.

At a glance, it’s clear from this graph that Ventura County is flattening the curve, reducing the rate of incidence. The rate of doubling is now 11.2 days, according to this same LA times web app. That is much better than for example Los Angeles, which is doubling every 7.8 days, and Santa Barbara. at every 8.3 days. Not to mention other Southern California counties such as Riverside, Orange, and San Diego. Hope to find a story here.

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