COVID-19 Timeline

With hindsight, this chronological narrative aims at helping decison makers, community leaders and government officials alike to recast visions for the future in a new world economic order. The timeline supplements the dashboard and it is updated weekly.

COVID-19: Early Weeks of Recovery

We look at GIS-based real-time data that offer insights into the impact of stay-at-home orders on businesses and the economy. Governments' lockdown orders alone did not shut down the economy, and some businesses did not reopen immediately after those orders expired. The local economy has been reopening gradually since Easter, and recovery will likely take the shape of a Nike swoosh instead of a V-shaped rebound.

COVID-19: Impact & Recovery Dashboard

This is a dashboard with various data sources to track the impact and recovery across different industries in Texas on a daily basis. Check back frequently by entering tinyrul.com/reboundTX.

COVID-19: Nature is Calling

Here we reflect on changes in the environment before we will soon return to business as usual. The past month offered a good lesson on sustainable development.

COVID-19: Altering Policy Tradeoffs

The focus of this article is policy that may potentially alter the usual tradeoffs between actions to combat the coronavirus outbreak and damage to the economy. Those policy strategies and lessons around the world are not conventional monetary and fiscal policies aimed to stabilize the economy, but some of them can be adopted by policymakers to reopen businesses without substantially raising the public health risk.

COVID-19 Business Surveys Supplementary Report

This report presents some findings from the South Texas COVID-19 Task Force surveys conducted in March and April. With a focus on COVID-19-related policy measures' impacts by industry and location, those observations supplement the area-wide observations in the two surveys' summary reports.

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey II Report

This survey provides a snapshot of the hardship facing South Texas despite the government relief programs aimed to mitigate the economic damage to businesses and their employees. More than one third of local businesses in the Coastal Bend and Golden Crescent regions are closed. Open businesses are operating at 65% capacity on average, compared to about 80% two weeks earlier. Small businesses are bearing the brunt of the impact.

Media Coverage: Caller Times, April 24 | Victoria Advocate, April 20

COVID-19: Geographic and Demographic Differences in Economic Pain

Current policy actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 disproportionately affect the economy of Corpus Christi. Compared with a typical U.S. city, social distancing affects relatively more businesses and employees in the area with a sizable hospitality sector. A stay-at-home order affects the livelihoods of relatively more of the area workforce that cannot work remotely. As a result, the public health crisis has led to social injustice locally as the Hispanic population and the working poor suffer more economic injury than others do.

COVID-19: Outbreak and Impact

This article addresses two questions. The first question concerns the origin of the virus outbreak during its early days, highlighting the downsides of a top-down, command-and-control political system and recent global trends. The second question concerns COVID-19's local economic impacts that also depend on the extent of resilience in the community.

Media Coverage: Caller Times, April 8

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey report [Golden Crescent Edition]

This is the same COVID-19 Business Impact Survey report customized for the Golden Crescent region.

Media Coverage: Victoria Advocate, April 2

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey report

This is the first of a series of surveys to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on local businesses. In this round, 846 responses have been recorded as of April 2, 2020. The report focuses on results of 388 complete responses.

Media Coverage: Caller Times, March 31

Real-Time Infographics on COVID-19 Cases

The Conrad Blucher Institute provides up-to-date mapping data on COVID-19 cases. The City of Corpus Christi also has a real-time GIS-based portal. A national view of cases by county is available on Tableau Public

COVID-19 Site Launched

The STEDC deploys a COVID-19 to provide data and analytics to assist public officials and policymakers in making informed policy decisions and to faciliate a speedy recovery from the crisis.