How to Import JSON Data Into Google Sheets With Auto Refresh — and Create a COVID-19 Widget in Less Than 5 Minutes

  • confirmed cases
  • Covid-19 related deaths
  • a seven-day average of the daily confirmed new cases and deaths
  • how that average changed compared to the prior seven days
This is how the widget will look if you set it up in Datawrapper properly.
This is how the widget will look like — if you set it up properly in Datawrapper.

Step 1: Copy sample sheet and scripts

=ImportJSON("", "/", "noInherit,noTruncate,noPrefixHeaders", doNotDelete!$A$1)
=TRANSPOSE(ImportJSON(“"; “/US”; “noInherit,noTruncate,noHeaders”; doNotDelete!$A$1))
=IF(AND(H3>=-0.0449, H3<=0.0449), “➙”, IF(AND(H3>=0.045),”➚”, “➘”))

Step 2: Set up a Google “Trigger”

  • Go to
  • Open the menu (three vertical dots) next to ImportJSON
  • Click on Triggers
  • Click on the blue button Add Trigger
  • Choose which function to run: triggerAutoRefresh
  • Select event source: Time-driven
  • Select minute interval: 15 might be a reasonable value in our case

Step 3 (optional): Visualize your data

  • Parse markdown
  • Merge with emtpy cells
  • Add first row to header

How it works

You get “no data” errors?




Data journalist at Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ)

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