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 number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now exceeds 167,127, the total number of preventable injury death in 2018 (latest official count available). It is likely that when official mortality data is released for 2020, COVID-19 will be third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. Preventable injury death is likely to drop to the fourth leading cause of death behind COVID-19.

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. On September 21 Texas reported a large number backlogged cases.

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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.