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The disease caused by the novel coronavirus has killed at least people in the United States since February as it spread to nearly every part of the country.
Places with highest daily reported cases per capita
7-day rolling average of daily new reported cases per 100,000 residents
Rather than one peak and valley, the daily numbers through the months rise and dip like rolling hills.
The average daily death toll had declined from more than 2,000 per day in April to a low of 463 per day in early July. However, case counts shot up as people began to venture out in summer, and deaths soon followed. By August the virus was killing an average of more than 1,000 people each day.
By October, the average was about 800 per day, and several states reported record average highs in new infections and hospitalizations.
New reported cases per day
At least have been reported since Feb. 29.
No data is available in this period for All U.S.
Numbers in this story have fluctuated as testing and reporting criteria evolved, particularly in areas that were hard-hit early in the pandemic. In mid-April, New York City added more than 3,700 deaths of people who were presumed to have died from covid-19 but were never tested. New Jersey added more than 1,800 on June 25. In September, the Post changed its methodology for reporting deaths in New York and adjusted by adding a one-day increase of more than 2,700 on the 18th.
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
No longer concentrated solely in urban areas or in nursing homes, prisons and factories, the virus seems to flourish wherever people let down their guard.
It continues to kill in New York, which was slammed with the brunt of the new disease in spring and where at least have died. New clusters emerged there recently, prompting Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to impose new restrictions on residents in those communities.
Sun Belt states had serious outbreaks after Memorial Day when people flocked to beaches. By late summer, the hottest hot spots were in the Midwest. In August and September, clusters appeared in newly reopened college campuses, particularly in the northeast and Midwest. By October, some Upper Midwest, Great Plains and Western states experienced record surges, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arkansas, the Dakotas and even Alaska.
In the absence of a federal plan, containment strategies vary by state and locality. Governors in several states have paused or reversed reopening plans to try to stifle new outbreaks.
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 from covid-19, but a large percentage of infections occur in younger, more mobile people. People under 40 tend to become less sick but also unknowingly may pass the disease to others around them.
Sparsely populated areas don’t have the huge raw numbers that cities have reported, 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|
Testing was slow to begin in the United States, and a system has yet to be perfected or standardized across all states and territories.
Surging demand has often overwhelmed testing infrastructure, muddying the ability of officials to get a true picture of the virus’s reach. In late June, CDC Director Robert Redfield estimated that, based on antibody tests, the actual number of U.S. residents who have been infected by the virus is likely to be 10 times as high as the number of confirmed cases.
Recently, conflicting CDC guidelines about whether people without symptoms should be tested caused confusion and inhibited contract tracing.
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|
A strong indicator that the virus is spreading — and not just that tests are identifying more asymptomatic cases — is an increase in hospitalizations. Most states and territories report how many people are hospitalized and how many are in intensive-care units, another way to track the pandemic.
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|
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About this storyOriginally published March 27, 2020.
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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.