NACo Unveils Customizable COVID Model for Reopening Counties

The COVID Response Simulator is a localized, customizable version of the public COVID Act Now (CAN) model for National Association of Counties (NACo) members.

NPIxSpreadThe COVID Response Simulator allows counties to take a powerful SEIR epidemiology model and customize it to help plan local actions to compact the public health crisis. The inputs and assumptions in the simulator are modifiable and can be changed to reflect local realities.

In addition, users can project the impact of specific Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) for a specific county, such as closing schools, restricting business activities, and canceling large events. Based on user inputs, the simulator generates data and graphs illustrating COVID forecasts with and without these NPIs, including estimated case numbers, and hospitalizations.

According to NACo:

  1. Before you begin, please take a few minutes to watch a short tutorial on how to use the simulator.
  2. Click on this link to create a copy of the simulator for your use. You’ll be prompted to make a copy so that you can work in your own document.
  3. Review the information in the first tab in Orange.
  4. If you have any questions about our model or the data we use, please visit our website for more information and you can learn about our metrics and more on our YouTube channel.

CAN is a 501c3 nonprofit, built by a multidisciplinary team of technologists, epidemiologists, health experts, and public policy leaders, affiliated with the Harvard Global Health InstituteGeorgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security, and Stanford University Clinical Excellence Research Center.

Visit the NACo website for more information.