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The disease caused by the novel coronavirus has killed at least people in the United States since February and has enveloped nearly every part of the country.Jump to metric:
Places with highest daily reported cases per capita
7-day rolling average of daily new reported cases per 100,000 residents
The seven-day average death toll routinely topped 2,500 in December and January, higher than the previous peak in April, despite improvements in treatment that make survival more likely. On Jan. 7, more than 4,000 deaths were reported in a single day for the first time.
Average deaths sank to a low of 463 per day in July, although virus cases, which previously had been concentrated mostly in the Northeast, surged through the Sun Belt.
But as health experts had long predicted, fall and winter brought record numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
New reported cases per day
At least have been reported since Feb. 29.
No data is available in this period for All U.S.
Seven-day averages show the wider trend better than single-day values, because states’ reporting of new cases and deaths tends to slow down over weekends.
Numbers have fluctuated as testing and reporting criteria have evolved, particularly in areas that were hit early. Three spikes in the deaths chart above reflect large, one-time adjustments: In mid-April, New York City added more than 3,700 deaths. On June 25, New Jersey added more than 1,800. And in September, The Post changed its methodology for reporting deaths in New York and added a one-day increase of more than 2,700 on the 18th. Other single-day spikes have occurred as states update their reporting procedures and are noted below those charts.
Health officials, including the country’s top infectious-disease expert, Anthony S. Fauci, have said the virus has killed more people than official death tolls indicate.
Reported cases per 100,000 residents by county since last week
New York, which was slammed with the new disease in spring and where at least have died, is one of several states experiencing a second or even third wave.
Florida and other Sun Belt states had serious outbreaks after Memorial Day. By late summer, parts of the Midwest were inundated. In August and September, clusters appeared in newly reopened college campuses, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest. By October, Upper Midwest, Great Plains and Western states that had previously been mostly spared were reporting major outbreaks.
Beginning in December, most states reported record-high case counts, deaths and demand for hospital beds that continued and in some places worsened in the new year.
In the absence of a federal plan, containment strategies vary by state and locality and have often reflected political polarization. The mounting crush of cases this fall and winter, however, has prompted officials of both parties to tighten mask mandates and reimpose restrictions on gatherings to try to squelch the spread.
Public health officials say masks are one of the easiest ways to blunt the pandemic. Still, some people in even the hardest-hit areas refuse to wear them, despite evidence that they protect wearers as well as those around them.
Case and death counts by place
|Place||Total reported cases per 100k||New cases in last 7 days per 100k||Change in daily cases in last 7 days|
People older than 65 and those with obesity and underlying health problems are the mostly likely to die of covid-19, but a large percentage of infections occur in younger, more mobile people. People younger than 40 tend to become less sick but also unknowingly may pass the disease to others around them.
Covid-19 has been documented in every U.S. county except the country’s smallest, Kalawao County, Hawaii, which is home to fewer than 100 people and is so remote that it was the site of a leper colony.
Some sparsely populated areas rank among the highest in deaths and cases per capita.
People in very rural areas may be more vulnerable to covid-19 than urbanites, 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|
Testing was slow to begin in the United States, and a system has yet to be standardized. Demand has often overwhelmed testing infrastructure, muddying the ability of officials to get a true picture of the virus’s reach.
Tests reported per 100,000 residents
|Place||New tests reported in last 7 days per 100k||Percent positive in last 7 days|
Record numbers of hospitalizations in fall and winter demonstrate that the virus is spreading, not just that more testing is finding asymptomatic cases.
Some hospitals, unable to find beds and health-care workers to handle the crush of patients, are limiting routine care, deferring non-emergency surgeries, diverting some patients to distant facilities and sending others home with monitoring equipment.
Reported covid-19 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents
|Place||Currently hospitalized for covid per 100k||Currently occupied ICU beds per 100k||Change in hosp. from last week|
Not all the news is bleak, however.
And most importantly, on Dec. 14, the first approved coronavirus vaccine began being administered.
Doses of covid-19 vaccines administered per 100,000 residents
|Place||Doses administered per 100k||Pct. of pop. that has completed vaccination|
Because there is no national distribution plan, the rollout of vaccines has been disorganized and slower than officials had promised, but it is ramping up. On Jan. 5, Fauci said that soon the country could be giving 1 million vaccinations per day.
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 email@example.com.
About this storyOriginally published March 27, 2020.
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January 8, 2021 Added a data table and charts for vaccinations, and changed the vaccination metrics to display the most reliable data available.
December 23 Added vaccination data to state summaries where available.
December 15 Removed anomalous data from the rolling averages (such as backlogged cases or deaths reported in bulk on a single day), and other data improvements.
December 1 Updated the presentation of hospitalization and testing data, and added aggregate U.S. data for those indicators.
October 30 Added several notes clarifying which days states are expected to report data.
October 28 Switched to reported case counts from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment which only provides data updates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This has also resulted in a one-day spike of reported cases on Oct. 28.
September 18 Switched to using the confirmed death counts for Bronx, Kings, New York, Queen's, and Richmond counties as reported by New York City, while continuing to use the state's reporting for deaths in all other counties. This has resulted in a one-day spike of 2,732 deaths. Read more about how NYC's methodology differs from NY state's. The Post has been using the city's probable death counts since April.
Given the difference in the methodologies between the state and the city, the Post feels that the city's numbers, which are derived both from positive blood tests and from deaths reported by the city's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, provide a clearer indication of the fatality count than the state's approach, which uses numbers reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities. This means that the city's counting process is more likely to include deaths that occurred outside of care settings.
August 24 Replaced the modeled trend with a more standard 7-day rolling average of new daily cases and deaths.
August 20 Added a module to show the aggregate statistics in the U.S. and each state/territory over the past week.
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.