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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Bamatracker.com, a website that tracks COVID-19 data in Alabama and provides tables, maps and graphs of that data, sees about 10,000 visitors a day, according to the site’s creator.
David Marconnet is a web developer from Huntsville. He became interested in studying COVID-19 data in March 2020. He never imagined that his side project would soon be visited by over a million people.
Marconnet says he wanted to put his skills as a software developer to good use during the pandemic. He began compiling data from the ADPH, CDC, and Department of Health and Human Services on his website. Soon the site began to gain traction as more and more people turned to its easy-to-understand charts and graphs for information about the pandemic.
BamaTracker tracks everything from COVID-19 infection rates, deaths, recoveries, vaccinations, and even cases by school district. Data is available at the state and county levels, and the site even allows users to compare data between counties.
One of the most recent additions to the site is a list of COVID-19 vaccine providers in the state. For CVS locations, BamaTracker even shows if appointments are available and includes a link to schedule an appointment.
While Marconnet certainly didn’t expect recognition for his website, members of the public and government leaders began to take notice.
Recently, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a resolution commending Marconnet for his work. State Representative Andy Whitt of Harvest personally delivered the resolution to Marconnet’s home.
Marconnet says he’s honored to receive the award, but hearing from members of the public about how useful they’ve found the site is all he needs.
As for the sequel to BamaTracker, Marconnet says he’s working on ways to use the site to track other public health data in Alabama. For now, he says the COVID-19 data will remain online to serve as a historical record of COVID-19 in Alabama.
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