The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Seattle, Washington Street View Campaign
Wed. 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. MDT
Seattle, Washington was the first city in the United States to be severely impacted by COVID-19. In response to the outbreak, state and local governments enacted a statewide shelter-in-place order and other policies to stem the spread of the disease. This panel will describe a recently launched National Science Foundation-funded study that involves repeat street view surveys for 12 months across a broad and demographically diverse cross-section of Seattle. The data being collected will allow the team to assess: (1) the community impact of the pandemic on business operations, transportation networks, and other community assets, (2) the rate and quality of recovery following shelter-in-place, and how this varies locally based on a community's socioeconomic characteristics, and (3) the impact of shelter-in-place policy relaxation on communities following this disaster. The street view surveys are being conducted using the NSF-supported NHERI RAPID facility's vehicle-mounted mobile imaging system, located at the University of Washington.