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Focus-19 reports on the social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is powered by 211 helplines, the top surveillance system for social needs like housing, food, utility bills, transportation, child care and health care. Every day, 211s respond to nearly 40,000 calls for help, carefully tracking each need. Focus-19 and scan these data hourly to identify rising needs in communities across the U.S.  Our goal is to give local leaders strong evidence to act quickly and help American families. Have questions or want more information?  Contact us at

Focus-19 is produced through a collaboration between and research scientists at the Health Communication Research Laboratory of the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

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