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RCHSS - Geography & Anthropology

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Faculty Sponsor Name

Ulrike Ingram

Disciplines

Geographic Information Sciences

Abstract (300 words maximum)

From the beginning, COVID-19 has challenged humanities efforts to protect ourselves against this potentially deadly disease. One proven method to fight the virus is vaccination, and several vaccines have been developed with differing degrees of efficacy. Although not perfect, vaccines have been the single most useful tool to date in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. The vaccines are not a cure, nor do they fully protect against infection, but they do significantly reduce the chance of death from COVID-19 or COVID related complications. This project uses publicly available data from the CDC to map vaccination rates, as well as COVID-19 related deaths in Georgia in an attempt to determine whether there is a noticeable correlation between vaccination and deaths at the county level. Analysis of the data as well as map construction was done using ArcGIS Pro to produce choropleth and dot density maps for visual comparison. It has been scientifically proven that vaccination reduces the risk of death from COVID-19. Mapping this correlation may help to increase Georgia’s vaccination rate by providing visual evidence. While visual analysis proves somewhat inconclusive, it none the less gives a clear picture of the effects of COVID-19 and the prevalence of vaccination across the state.

Project Type

Poster

How will this be presented?

Yes, asynchronously via recorded video upload

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COVID-19 in Georgia: Vaccination Rates and Deaths at the County Level

From the beginning, COVID-19 has challenged humanities efforts to protect ourselves against this potentially deadly disease. One proven method to fight the virus is vaccination, and several vaccines have been developed with differing degrees of efficacy. Although not perfect, vaccines have been the single most useful tool to date in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. The vaccines are not a cure, nor do they fully protect against infection, but they do significantly reduce the chance of death from COVID-19 or COVID related complications. This project uses publicly available data from the CDC to map vaccination rates, as well as COVID-19 related deaths in Georgia in an attempt to determine whether there is a noticeable correlation between vaccination and deaths at the county level. Analysis of the data as well as map construction was done using ArcGIS Pro to produce choropleth and dot density maps for visual comparison. It has been scientifically proven that vaccination reduces the risk of death from COVID-19. Mapping this correlation may help to increase Georgia’s vaccination rate by providing visual evidence. While visual analysis proves somewhat inconclusive, it none the less gives a clear picture of the effects of COVID-19 and the prevalence of vaccination across the state.

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