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Tracking Covid-19 cases in the US

Published in 27 February, 2021

Since January 2020, the disease has spread to each state and nearly every territory

Covid-19 has killed at least 510,467 people and infected about 28.5 million in the United States since last January, according to data by Johns Hopkins University.

Cases and deaths per 100K residents, by county

Values represent the seven-day moving average of daily reported cases per 100,000 residents for the period of Feb. 20–Feb. 26. We show a moving average to account for variations in the data caused by, for example, delays or errors in data reporting.Values represent total number of reported cases per 100,000 residents since the start of the pandemic.Values represent the seven-day moving average of daily reported cases per 100,000 residents for the period of Feb. 20–Feb. 26. We show a moving average to account for variations in the data caused by, for example, delays or errors in data reporting.

On a per capita basis, North Dakota, South Dakota and Rhode Island have reported the most cases while New Jersey and New York are leading the country in deaths.

Reported cases and deaths

The figures below are based on data from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. These numbers are updated every 15 minutes and may differ from other sources due to reporting times. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow our live coverage.

Those numbers fail to paint a complete picture, however, since testing delays and a scarcity of tests likely left many Covid-19 cases and deaths undiagnosed, especially during the outbreak’s early stages.

In late March and early April, many state and local authorities began limiting large gatherings, closing non-essential businesses and ordering residents to stay in their homes, triggering a near-total national shutdown.

While many states managed to slow the virus’ spread, the economic toll prompted a debate over when and how businesses and schools should resume in-person operations.

In mid-April, the White House unveiled a three-phase plan that said states should meet certain “gating criteria” before taking steps to reopen. One of those benchmarks was for states to have a “downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period.”

Daily new cases over the past 14 days

The charts below show the number of new reported cases for each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico over the past 14 days. Gray bars represent the number of daily new cases. The dashed red lines shows the seven-day moving average.

Despite hopes of mass vaccination in 2021, the pandemic has continued to worsen.

In just the first few weeks of 2021, the United States reported its highest-ever numbers of daily new infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

With many hospitals filled to capacity, health experts are begging US residents to wear masks and stay within their social distancing bubbles until most people are vaccinated.

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