Mayo map tracks cases across the country, trends – Albert Lea Tribune

By Eric Johnson

Ahead of one of the busiest travel times of the year, Mayo Clinic doctors took the opportunity on Wednesday to talk about his COVID-19 map of the United States.

This interactive map tracks COVID-19 cases across the country and forecasts possible trends for up to two weeks.

It has become an important tool in the war against the pandemic, which is now in its second year.

Curtis Storlie

Dr Curtis Storlie, a data scientist for Mayo, said the map can be viewed in the same way as a weather forecast.

“If you’re going to travel to Florida, understand what I’m going to need,” Storlie said. “What precautions could be taken?”

The model was originally undertaken in an attempt to assess hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Mayo service areas. Since then, the tracker has grown.

“The model was originally used to predict hospitalizations related to COVID-19,” said Dr. Shannon Dunlay, co-lead of the Mayo Clinic modeling team. “It has since been adapted to predict cases for the state of Minnesota and the rest of the country.”

As hospitals deal with the strains of the pandemic, medical facilities, as well as individuals, can determine the disposition of coronovirus in the United States and plan accordingly.

“It’s really in the context that many hospitals are full of not just COVID-19 patients, but patients with other needs,” Dunlay said. “It is very important to control the spread of COVID-19. Above all, we encourage people to get vaccinated.

However, officials are quick to point out that the tracker is not a catch-all and that with the delta and now new omicron variants, uncertainty in modeling will play a part.

Shannon Dunlay

“Minnesota had a long and grueling rise thanks to the delta,” Storlie said, explaining why the forecast didn’t extend beyond two weeks. “The model forecast will continue to fluctuate around these current levels. After that, one must appreciate and understand the uncertainty to be interpreted.

Officials agree that despite this prolonged fourth wave of COVID-19, driven by the delta variant, Minnesota is still better off than the last. year at that time.

But that doesn’t mean it’s great.

“We’re in a much better position on the surface just because of vaccinations,” Storlie said. “I feel a lot more comfortable than I was last year.”

“It’s also not that we’re in a good position this year,” Storlie continued. “If the delta variant and the omicron had not emerged, we would be in an ideal situation.”

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