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UMPI Professor Creates COVID-19 Maps

Published: Dec. 15, 2020 at 12:06 PM EST
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - When it comes to interpreting COVID-19 data throughout the state, a professor from the University of Maine at Presque Isle is working to make it easier for everyone.

Dr. Chunzeng Wang is a Professor of Earth and Environmental Studies at the university. Each day Wang creates a map of the state, helping to keep track of case counts and so much more.

To make the map, Wang uses a Geographic Information System or GIS computer program. The map includes data for things like total cases, active cases and total deaths, in Maine’s counties and bordering areas.

Wang says he uses this technology to breakdown case counts visually, rather than just having numbers in a chart. He says by making this map available to the public each day on Facebook, he is able to serve the community.

“One of our missions… very important one is to serve the communities. So, we have worked on hundreds of projects for the communities and we have built a partnership with all the major towns, cities, and organizations in Central Aroostook County. So we have done a lot and this is just another community service project from our GIS lab at UMPI.”

Dr. Wang also says with the maps, more people are able to educate themselves on what is happening in their community.

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