The U.S. COVID-19 County Policy Database: a novel resource to support pandemic-related research

Rita Hamad, Kristin A. Lyman, Feng Lin, Madelaine F. Modrow, Pelin Ozluk, Kristen M. J. Azar, Amie Goodin, Carmen R. Isasi, Heather E. Kitzman, Sara J. Knight, Gregory M. Marcus, Cheryl N. McMahill-Walraven, Paul Meissner, Vinit Nair, Emily C. O’Brien, Jeffrey E. Olgin, Noah D. Peyser, Gosia Sylwestrzak, Natasha Williams, Mark J. Pletcher & Thomas Carton
Abstract Background It is increasingly recognized that policies have played a role in both alleviating and exacerbating the health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been limited systematic evaluation of variation in U.S. local COVID-19-related policies. This study introduces the U.S. COVID-19 County Policy (UCCP) Database, whose objective is to systematically gather, characterize, and assess variation in U.S. county-level COVID-19-related policies. Methods In January-March 2021, we collected an initial wave of cross-sectional...
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