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The disease caused by the novel coronavirus has killed at least people in the United States since February. Numbers of cases are increasing in most states and soaring in some.
Places with highest daily reported cases per capita
Weekly trend of daily new reported cases per 100,000 residents
The overall daily death toll had declined from April through early July, largely because of a sharp decrease in New York and New Jersey. But by July 10, after all states had begun reopening, death numbers had begun to tick up again for the first time since March.
Health officials anticipated the rise because the virus had been accelerating through populous states such as Texas, Florida and California for weeks. Localities reported not only a surge in new cases but also large increases in hospitalizations, crowded ICUs, and a jump in the percentage of positive tests.
The United States topped 50,000 new cases in one day for the first time on July 1, two days after the country’s top infectious disease expert, Anthony S. Fauci, warned that the country could begin to see 100,000 new cases a day “if this does not turn around.”
New reported cases per day
At least have been reported since Feb. 29.
Note: The spike in deaths on June 25 is due to New Jersey authorities adding more than 1,800 probable deaths to the state's totals.
Criteria for reporting deaths continues to change in some states and cities, and numbers in this story may fluctuate as jurisdictions adjust their counting and reporting procedures. For instance, in mid-April, New York City added more than 3,700 deaths of people who were presumed to have the coronavirus but were never tested, and New Jersey added more than 1,800 on June 25.
Reported cases per 100,000 residents by county since last week
The virus continues to kill in New York, where at least cases have been reported and at least have died. But the pace has slowed considerably from the peak weeks in spring when more than 1,000 died on some days. On July 12, New York City went 24 hours without a covid-19 death for the first time since March.
The new epicenters are in the Sun Belt, particularly south Florida. Alarmed by the astounding increases and stresses on their healthcare systems, governors in several states have begun to pause reopening plans and in some cases, reimpose restrictions, such as closing bars and restaurants.
In the absence of a federal plan to control the virus, some health officials, governors, mayors and corporations have championed the need for wearing masks in hopes of squelching rampant transmission. By mid-July, masks were required not just in hard-hit urban areas but in states such as Oregon and Alabama and in national retail chain Walmart.
Case and death counts by place
|Place||Total reported cases per 100k||New cases in last 7 days per 100k||Pct. change|
Most deaths continue to be among people older than 65 and those with underlying health problems. By late June, however, the virus was coursing through a younger population. On June 20, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said the median age of a Floridian with covid-19 was down to 37.
Researchers have also linked the disease to a mysterious and deadly inflammatory syndrome in hundreds of U.S. children, an indication that much is still unknown about the virus and the way it affects different people.
Sparsely populated areas don’t have the huge raw numbers of cases or deaths that cities are reporting, but some rank among the highest in deaths and cases per capita. People in very rural areas are more likely to die of flu than urbanites and may be more vulnerable to covid-19 as well, according to a Post analysis of CDC data.
Ten counties with highest rates of reported cases
|County||Total reported cases per 100k||New cases in last 7 days per 100k||Pct. change|
Testing was slow to begin, and for months far fewer U.S. residents had been tested than experts said was necessary to get a true picture of the virus’s reach. It wasn’t until June that U.S. testing met the World Health Organization’s guidelines and was considered thorough enough to accurately detect emerging hot spots.
Surging cases in July overwhelmed testing infrastructure again, and waits for results in some areas were a week or more — too long to be of much use in controlling the spread.
In a June 25 call with reporters, CDC Director Robert Redfield estimated that, based on antibody tests, the actual number of U.S. residents who have been infected with the coronavirus is likely to be 10 times as high as the number of confirmed cases.
Tests reported per 100,000 residents
|State||Tests reported per 100k||New tests reported in last 7 days per 100k||Percent positive in last 7 days|
One indicator that the virus is spreading — and not just that tests are identifying more asymptomatic cases — is that more people are being hospitalized in many places. Healthcare workers are again reporting shortages of personal protective equipment. Some hospitals in hard-hit areas, such as southern Florida, report few or no beds available in their intensive care units.
Reported covid-19 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents
|State||Currently hospitalized for covid per 100k||Currently occupied ICU beds per 100k||Change in hosp. from last week|
Many states and territories did not publicly report hospitalizations until recently, and five still do not: Kansas, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands. More than 30 states do not report the number of patients in ICUs.
Design and development by Leslie Shapiro, Youjin Shin and Chris Alcantara. Story by Bonnie Berkowitz. Kevin Schaul, Joe Fox, Brittany Renee Mayes, Jacqueline Dupree, Simon Glenn-Gregg, Erik Reyna, Susan Tyler, Lenny Bronner and Peter Andringa contributed to this report. Editing by Armand Emamdjomeh and Danielle Rindler. Contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About this storyOriginally published March 27, 2020.
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July 29 Added hospitalization data and other page improvements.
July 2 Replaced the 7-day running average of new cases and deaths with a 14-day modeled trend. Added the week-over-week percentage change to the trends charts, using the modeled trend values. Also added additional columns to the data tables.
June 23 Added charts showing new daily counts in each state, ordered by the percentage increase in cumulative cases over the last week. Changed the default view of the page to confirmed cases per 100k.
June 11 Added an option to view change since last week to the map. The default view of the map is now deaths per 100k in the last seven days.
May 13 Added a line indicating the seven-day rolling average or reported cases and deaths to the national and state by day chart at the top of the page. The deaths total at the top of the page was revised to round the deaths number down to the nearest thousand.
May 6 Included revised data from New York City probable covid-19 deaths that attributes each death to the day it was first reported instead of on April 14.
April 24 The data on the page was revised to include Post-reported numbers. Reported data for New York City is now reported separately by county instead of being aggregated into one New York City total.
April 23 Date when states began reopening added to state charts.
April 21 Charts showing testing data for all U.S. states and territories were added to the page.
April 14 New York City adds nearly 3,700 probable covid-19 deaths to its total.
April 7 Labels showing the date state emergency and stay-at-home orders were declared added to the state charts.