COVID-19 Cases in the United States
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are increasing dramatically in the United States. Unlike other everyday risks we have become accustomed to, like car crashes, drug overdoses, and falls, COVID-19 represents a unique threat to our health and safety.
Typically, injury trends change slowly over time. Compared to 2017, in 2018 (latest data available) motor-vehicle deaths decreased 2% and preventable drug overdose deaths decreased 4%, though fall deaths increased 3%. While deaths due to causes like falls and overdoses are spread out fairly evenly throughout the year, the timeline for COVID-19 deaths is compressed, with one-day increase as high as 5% and currently increasing about 1% a day.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. exceeds 130,000, more than doubling each of the leading causes of preventable injury death (58,908 preventable drug overdose deaths, 39,404 motor-vehicle deaths, and 37,455 fall deaths in 2018). However, the full impact of COVID-19 is even greater than the number of deaths and confirmed cases. The rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, the uncertainty regarding how long the pandemic will last and the disruption to normal everyday activities is impacting society like no other safety issue in modern history.
NOTE: The estimates shown on this page now include cases and deaths that have been identified by public health officials as probable coronavirus patients. The spike in deaths on June 25 was the result of New Jersey’s daily report including both probable and confirmed coronavirus deaths and cases as opposed to only confirmed coronavirus deaths as previously reported. On June 30th New York also revised up their total fatality estimate.
To learn more about how to protect yourself, your family, and your coworkers please explore these valuable resources:
- National Safety Council SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns
- National Safety Council Coronavirus Resource Hub
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University
- New York Times
Use the interactive map to track COVID-19 in the United States. First, use the “Explore national and state trends” tab (located above the chart, left) to view national trends, state trends, and to compare states. The filters located at the top of the map allow you to view either total cases or new cases, number of cases or rates per 100,000 population, and confirmed cases or deaths. Select a state on the map by clicking on it to view state-wide trends. Next, use the “Explore state and county trends” tab (located above the chart, right), which will allow you to explore trends within a state (i.e., click on a county/city to see historic trends for that location). The data displayed in the map is compiled by the New York Times and formatted and made available by Tableau.