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The disease caused by the novel coronavirus has killed at least people in the United States since February, and numbers of cases are spiking in some states that hadn’t seen large outbreaks in the spring.
Places with highest daily reported cases per capita
Weekly trend of daily new reported cases per 100,000 residents
The overall daily death toll declined from May to late June, largely because of a sharp decrease in deaths and reported infections in New York and New Jersey.
But the virus is now accelerating through other states, notably Texas, Florida, California and Arizona, and public health officials report not only a surge in new cases but also increases in hospitalizations and in the percentage of tests that are coming up positive.
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.
Fauci had emphasized in testimony before Congress the need for wearing masks in hopes of squelching rampant transmission as states loosen more and more of the restrictions that were put in place in March and April.
Criteria for reporting deaths has changed 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.
Most health officials — including Fauci, in earlier testimony — said the virus has killed more people than official death tolls indicate.
Reported cases per 100,000 residents by county since last week
Zoom to a county:
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.
The new epicenters are in the South and West. Alarmed by the astounding increases, governors in several states have begun to pause reopening plans and in some cases, reimpose restrictions, such as closing bars and restaurants.
Case and death counts by place
|Place||Reported cases per 100k||Deaths per 100k||New cases in last 7 days per 100k||Pct. change|
In Florida, home to millions of retirees, 1 of every 4 covid-19 deaths had been associated with a long-term care facility as of April. Nationwide, the virus has killed at least 26,000 nursing home residents, according to numbers released June 1. Most deaths worldwide have occurred among people older than 50 and those with underlying health problems, as they are often most vulnerable to respiratory disease.
By late June, however, the virus was circulating 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||Reported cases per 100k||Deaths per 100k||New cases in last 7 days per 100k|
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.
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||Tests reported in last 7 days per 100k||Percent positive in last 7 days|
About this storyOriginally published March 27, 2020.
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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.