Google Maps to show how bad COVID-19 is in your area

(CNN) – Google Maps will soon show how bad coronavirus is in geographic areas with a new color-coded update.

Starting this week, the Maps app will display seven-day averages of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, according to CNN. The chosen areas will show if cases are increasing or decreasing and will be shaded with one of six colors to show how many new cases were reported.

Google said the tool shows “critical information about COVID-19 cases in an area so you can make more informed decisions about where to go and what to do,” in a new blog post.

The company is pulling data from three sources — Johns Hopkins University, the New York Times and Wikipedia. These organizations get their data from the World Health Organization and other public or government health organizations.

The feature will soon be available on iOS and Android versions of Google Maps. To use it, open the app, press the layers button (two squares on top of each other) on the top right and press “COVID-19 Info” button. That will reveal the color-coded app showing case counts.

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