The U.S. Leads the World in Confirmed Coronavirus Cases as Nationwide Death Toll Tops 5,000

Updated: Feb 21, 2020 5:48 PM ET | Originally published: Feb 13, 2020
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The United States now has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide and the nationwide death toll has surpassed 5,000. The number of COVID-19 related deaths in New York, the hardest hit U.S. state by far, according to the number of reported coronavirus cases, has doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900.

More than 216,000 cases have been confirmed and 5,137 people have died across the country , according to a virus tracker from researchers at Johns Hopkins University as of 6:00am E.T. Thursday, April 2. The U.S. has at least an additional 100,000 reported cases compared to other countries with large COVID-19 outbreaks, such as Italy, Spain and China.

In addition to New York, New Jersey, California, Michigan, Florida, Massachusetts, Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Washington are also seeing an uptick in infections, having all reported more than 5,000 coronavirus cases.

The infections are scattered across all 50 U.S. states (in addition to Washington D.C.) West Virginia was the last U.S. state to report a confirmed case of COVID-19.

U.S. cases also include Americans evacuated from the virus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, where nearly 700 passengers and crew were diagnosed with the virus. Another cruise ship, the Grand Princess—which had been stuck off the coast of California over concerns several passengers could have the virus — docked in Oakland, Calif., on March 9.

Federal officials have noted that the American public should prepare for “more cases in the community” as the country improves its ability to track and diagnose the disease.

As of Thursday morning, Johns Hopkins traced 49 cases to the Diamond Princess and 103 cases to the Grand Princess.

Globally, more than 940,000 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed or clinically confirmed as of April 2 and more than 48,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.

Here's what to know about COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

New York

84,046 cases; 2,220 deaths

New York has ordered gyms, movie theaters and casinos to close and banned crowds larger than 50, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Grocery stores will remain open; restaurants and bars will only operate takeout and delivery services. The actions were taken in coordination with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut.

The New York City Public School System — the largest in the nation — temporarily shut down as of Monday, March 16.

“We are trying to contain as much as possible the spread of each case we find – but we expect more cases,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a March 6 tweet. On March 7, Cuomo declared a state of emergency.

New Jersey

22,255 cases; 355 deaths

All New Jersey schools, including pre-schools and colleges, have closed in an effort to contain the outbreak.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has also ordered all casinos, racetracks, theaters, gyms to close and banned gatherings involving crowds larger than 50 people. On March 9, Murphy announced a state of emergency.

California

9,907 cases; 216 deaths

California's first COVID-19 death came on March 4, when State Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency. Northern California health officials said that the elderly adult with underlying health conditions died while in isolation at a hospital in Roseville in Placer County. Officials said he was likely exposed while on the Grand Princess cruise ship.

A patient at the University of California-Davis Medical Center was confirmed as the first U.S. case of possible human-to-human transmission in the general public on Feb. 26. The patient was not tested for the deadly disease for four days — despite the hospital asking federal health authorities for a test.

Michigan

9,315 cases; 335 deaths

Florida

7,773 cases; 101 deaths

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency on March 9.

On March 6, the Florida Department of Health announced that two people in the state died from the coronavirus. Both individuals who died had recently traveled internationally, per the Florida Department of Health. One of the individuals was represented by Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, who was widely criticized for wearing a gas mask on the House floor just days earlier during a vote on releasing funding to fight the virus. Gaetz later chose to self-quarantine after coming in contact with a person who had tested positive for the virus at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Massachusetts

7,738 cases; 122 deaths

Illinois

6,980 cases; 146 deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Feb. 12 that it became the first state in the U.S. to begin in-state testing for the virus.

Louisiana

6,424 cases; 273 deaths

Pennsylvania

6,063 cases; 74 deaths

Washington

5,984 cases; 254 deaths

About 14% of confirmed COVID-19 cases are aged 80 or older, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on Feb. 29.

At least 29 deaths have been linked to the Life Care Center in Kirkland, a long-term residential facility, according to the Washington Post. More than 50 people have reported symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection at the center. On March 3, acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said that he had ordered the facility to close “out of an abundance of caution.” and “directed those employees to telework, if possible, in order to reduce the threat of community spread of the coronavirus.”

Georgia

4,748 cases; 154 deaths

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a public health state of emergency on Saturday, March 14.

“We knew that Georgia would likely have confirmed cases of COVID-19, and we planned for it. The immediate risk of COVID-19 to the general public, however, remains low at this time,” said Dr. Kathleen E. Toomey, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health on March 7.

Texas

4,607 cases; 68 deaths

The city of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and the CDC announced Feb. 13 that the first person testing positive for COVID-19 in Texas was an American evacuated from Wuhan and transported to the military base on Feb. 7, after leaving Wuhan the previous day.

On March 1, the city of San Antonio announced one person had been released from federal quarantine after initial testing turned out negative for the virus. After the patient had been released a subsequent test came up positive and the person was returned to quarantine.

Connecticut

3,557 cases; 85 deaths

Colorado

3,342 cases; 79 deaths

Tennessee

2,933 cases; 24 deaths

Indiana

2,568 cases; 65 deaths

Ohio

2,547 cases; 65 deaths

Maryland

1,986 cases; 31 deaths

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered the closure of fitness centers, spas and theaters. Restaurants and bars would only be allowed to conduct carry-out, drive-thru and delivery services. Hogan also banned gatherings of more than 50 people.

North Carolina

1,768 cases; 16 deaths

North Carolina announced its first “presumed positive” case of COVID-19 on March 4. According to state officials, the person had traveled to Washington state and was exposed at a long-term care facility where there was a COVID-19 outbreak.

Missouri

1,671 cases; 22 deaths

Wisconsin

1,573 cases; 28 deaths

Arizona

1,530 cases; 29 deaths

The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Arizona by the CDC on Jan. 26. The person had also recently returned to the U.S. after visiting Wuhan. The Arizona Department of Health Services said in a public statement that the person is "a member of the Arizona State University community who does not live in university housing," and added that they were not severely ill but would be kept in isolation.

The infected man was subsequently released from isolation 26 days after testing positive for COVID-19, according to the Associated Press.

Virginia

1,484 cases; 35 deaths

Nevada

1,299 cases; 32 deaths

South Carolina

1,293 cases; 26 deaths

Alabama

1,107 cases; 28 deaths

Mississippi

1,073 cases; 22 deaths

Utah

1,011 cases; 7 deaths

Oregon

736 cases; 19 deaths

Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown announced a state of emergency on March 8, which she said would give officials “all the resources at the state’s disposal to stem the spread of this disease.” It will remain in effect for 60 days.

The state’s first and second COVID-19 cases — two adults who live together — were treated as likely community-transmitted case, meaning that the origin of the infection is unknown.” Neither person had “a history of travel to a country where the virus was circulating, nor is believed to have had a close contact with another confirmed case,” Oregon health officials said in a statement.

Oklahoma

721 cases; 30 deaths

Minnesota

689 cases; 17 deaths

Kentucky

687 cases; 20 deaths

Idaho

668 cases; 9 deaths

Arkansas

624 cases; 10 deaths

Washington D.C.

586 cases; 11 deaths

Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a prohibition on mass gatherings of more than 50 people anywhere in the state on Monday, March 16.

Bowser announced on March 9 that she has directed $1 million of the city’s reserve funds towards purchasing protective equipment and other supplies for responders.

Rhode Island

566 cases; 10 deaths

Iowa

550 cases; 9 deaths

Kansas

495 cases; 10 deaths

New Hampshire

415 cases; 4 deaths

The state’s first case was announced on March 2 in a hospital employee who had recently traveled to Italy. Health officials later learned this person broke quarantine to attend a social event on Feb. 28 and said they would contact attendees who “had close contact with the person.”

New Mexico

387 cases; 6 deaths

Delaware

368 cases; 11 deaths

Maine

344 cases; 7 deaths

Vermont

321 cases; 16 deaths

Puerto Rico

286 cases; 11 deaths

Hawaii

256 cases; 1 death

Montana

217 cases; 6 deaths

Nebraska

214 cases; 4 deaths

West Virginia

191 cases; 2 deaths

North Dakota

147 cases; 3 deaths

Alaska

141 cases; 3 deaths

Wyoming

137 cases; 0 deaths

South Dakota

129 cases; 2 deaths

Guam

77 cases; 3 deaths

Virgin Islands

30 cases; 0 deaths

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