Version History

Version 3.0 – Automation!!!

Thanks to the work of /u/ConcreteAndStone, our map is now automated meaning it doesn’t take us an hour to build and post the map every day. Within minutes of AHS providing the data, the maps are generated and sent to us for manually posting. 

Version 2.9 – Added R Value UPDATE

We have removed Ryan Imgrund’s R Value from our map for a simple reason. We don’t know how he calculate’s the R Value (his methodology). The greatest asset we can have during COVID is transparency, and in this situation we just didn’t the know the ‘How’. 

Version 2.8 – New Colours Added to Scale

We, unfortunately, had to add colours to the scale. This was a lot more difficult than some might imagine as we needed to

  1. Not disturb the current colours so that people wouldn’t have to relearn another scale.
  2. Make sure it’s colour blind friendly
  3. Keep clarity in mind.

What happens if we hit the ceiling again?

Our concern is that we create a false ‘reset’ for people. Suddenly, their area is no longer black, must be safe, right? It’s a valid concern, so as it stands (and we will consult you on in a poll when it happens) we don’t believe we should raise the colour ceiling.

However, we did need new colours between 30 and 100. You were all right about that!

Version 2.7 – Positivity Rate

In lieu of the Rt Value which has yet to be released, we’ve added the City of Calgary’s Positivity Rate which we find by calculating the Calgary AHS zone positives and the Calgary AHS zone tests.

This is similar to how we provide TestsCompleted Today as the city does not release City Totals for Tests or Positivity Rate, only by zone.

Version 2.6 – Translations

We’re excited to announce that we have translated our map into 4 more languages (UrduSpanishFrench, and Chinese). This helps both newer Canadians and older members of each community understand the situation in their neighbourhoods better.

A big thank you to the following people for offering their time and expertise:

Version 2.5 – LGA (Region) Titles

We added the title of each AHS Region so people can see which one they belong too easier.

Version 2.4 – Towns Update

To keep consistency, we’ve removed Chestermere’s coloured status because it actually isn’t a part of the City of Calgary and is instead, a part of the Calgary Zone.

The request to show Banff’s COVID numbers is now here. We’ve combined Canmore and Banff in this regard.

Version 2.3 – Legend Update

We’ve clarified the LEGEND so that people can understand the map in one place. We’ve also added our little stamp to the bottom right corner… 

Made with love by the Data Driven Quadrouple.

Version 2.2 – Elevated Map

Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 that surpass our legend’s scale in Edmonton, we created an ELEVATED MAP. This map is only for times when our CASES PER POPULATION metric rises above 30 and assumes the status of each region is ENHANCED.

It includes a purple colour palette and a wider scale for cases (increments of 20).

The idea behind this map is to allow for surges without overcomplicating the map’s design with 10 colours or logarithmic scales. We return to our regular (red) map when at least 5 regions are below 20 Cases Per 10k.

As an example, here is Edmonton’s COVID Map on Monday, November 23, 2020.

Version 2.1 – Cases per Population

Alright everyone, a few changes here but keep in mind that you don’t need to pay attention to them if you’re happy with just knowing the 1, 7, and 14 day changes.

The following changes have been requested and we finally implemented them:

  • Colour Changes — Colours now change according to Cases per Population (10k Density)
  • Change the light grey — it’s now charcoal and the worse colour a region can have, no confusion. Blue is still the colour we all want.

We expanded each regions box to include the following underneath the 1/7/14 numbers.

  • Estimated Population Per Region — This data is sourced from and rounded up for convenience.
  • Cases per Population — The MOST requested feature is here!! We went with Cases per 10k People for each region so that people can now easily compare their regions to others. YAYY!!
Version 1.0 – 1/ 7/ 14 Day Change

How is our map different you ask? You can now see 1, 7, and 14 day active case changes for your region! What does that mean?

Looking at any region allows you to see current Active Cases (first number in bold), the other three numbers are showing you:

  • The change in active cases from yesterday (1-day)
  • The change in active cases from last week (7-day)
  • The change in active cases from 2 weeks ago (14-day)

This gives you a better idea if an outbreak trend is forming.