Regional Resources Update


With the outlook of COVID-19 still unclear, it is important that we continue to monitor important data and indicators so that we are up to date with what is happening with the virus as well as with our communities and economy. CDRPC’s mission is to provide the most up to date data and resources for communities, governments, and businesses across the region can utilize to plan and prepare for whatever the coming months may hold. CDRPC has compiled a list of the most important resources for our region, including health, economic, resiliency, and more.


Health Data

With the future of the pandemic still murky, it is crucial to monitor daily tests, cases, hospitalization, and death data. Trends in this data is what will ultimately determine if a region remains open or must shut down in some capacity again.


New York Forward COVID-19 Dashboard

The New York Forward COVID-19 Dashboard, New York State’s regional COVID tracker, is the best source for testing data in the state. Broken down by the nine REDC regions, the dashboard shows the total number of people tested in a region and the percentage of those tests that were positive. The dashboard also shows the long-range data, providing a chart with testing data since March. Data is updated daily.

Check out the New York Forward COVID-19 Dashboard here.


Esri COVID-19 Dashboard

The Esri dashboard provides a worldwide look at the pandemic. The dashboard pulls in data from various sources to provide data on confirmed cases, deaths, and more all over the world. The dashboard can also be used to get updates on other states and places in the United States. While New York’s efforts to contain the virus appear to have been effective, we cannot contain the virus in other states which creates a constant danger of another spike in infections if people are not careful.

Check out the Esri COVID-19 Dashboard here.

CDRPC Resources

While CDRPC always maintains up to date economic and demographic data on our website, we have expanded to include COVID-19 related resources as well.


CDRPC Data Resources

CDRPC keeps important indicators on our website that provide monthly and yearly updates to economic, demographic, and housing trends throughout the region. While all these indicators can be helpful to monitoring the region’s response to COVID-19, we would like to spotlight our Labor Force page. This page shows the number of employed people as well as the unemployment rate for the four-county capital region as well as New York State. With 50 years of data available through this page, the data helps highlight current employment conditions compared to past disasters and economic recessions.

Check out our Labor Force data here.


CDRPC COVID-19 Resources

Along with our regular resources, CDRPC put together a list of helpful COVID-19 related resources back in March. Resources include Community Information, CARES Act information, Federal Funding Opportunities for Local Government, and more. CDRPC is updating these resource pages as more resources become available.

Check out CDRPC’s COVID-19 Resources here.

Census Data

The Census Bureau is one of the trusted sources of public data and has continued to provide helpful resources throughout the pandemic. The Census Bureau’s Demographic and Economic Resources page provides multiple dashboards with a variety of data, including business statistics, demographic data to identify the at risk population, and more.

You can check out the dashboards here.


The Census Bureau also provided three other resources that further help us understand the pandemic and its impact.

Business Formation Statistics

This experimental data source provides weekly information on applications for new businesses. New business applications are typically a good indicator of how a state’s economy is faring. The data is shown at the state level and shows the year to year change in the number of applications.

Check out the Business Formation Statistics here.


Household & Small Business Pulse Survey

The Household and Small Business Pulse Surveys were created at the beginning of the pandemic to gather qualitative data on how COVID-19 was affecting people’s lives and businesses. The surveys gathered data on employment status, spending patterns, food security, housing, and more for households and measured the change in business patterns during the pandemic.

Check out the Household Pulse Survey here.

Check out the Small Business Pulse Survey here.

Community Resilience Estimates

The Community Resilience Estimates are a calculated score that approximates how well states and counties throughout the country are equipped to respond to and recover from disasters. The estimates take into account variation in individual and household characteristics to best determine groups how different groups will be affected by a disaster.

Check out the Community Resilience Estimates here.

Business Resources

This section of resources highlights resources designed to help businesses. These resources will be most helpful to businesses looking to learn more about reopening procedures, funding sources, and more.


Center for Economic Growth COVID-19 Updates

The Center for Economic Growth’s COVID-19 resource page offers a wide variety of data and information. This resource page focuses mostly on reopening tools and information for businesses, as well as funding and employers hiring in the region.

Check out CEG’s COVID-19 Updates page here.


Empire State Development

Empire State Development’s page also has great resources for businesses. This page has guidance on what businesses are considered essential and the reopening phases they fit into, as well as information on economic recovery and loans. This page also has information on testing sites and where to get Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Check out Empire State Development’s page here.

Federal Resources

While we focus mainly on state and local resources, keeping up with news and information at the federal level can help to plan for future deficits or possible funding opportunities.


Congressional Budget Office

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is a great source of information on federal spending news and information. The CBO provides monthly budget-deficit reports that compare the deficit in the current month to the same month a year ago. The CBO also produces future GDP outlooks and much more helpful articles.

Check out the CBO’s COVID-19 page here.