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Coronavirus in the U.S.: Where cases are growing and declining

The U.S. is recording a million cases every seven days, with the prospect of 200,000 more deaths before February. Those sobering figures convey not only America’s present, but also its potential future.

Updated Dec. 5, 2020, 7:17 A.M. E.T.

Time series chart of U.S. new daily coronavirus cases.

14,446,183

total cases

Time series chart of U.S. new daily coronavirus deaths.

279,012

total deaths

7-day average

14-day daily average

In the last two weeks:

2,445,925

confirmed cases (+13%)

One in

133

people infected

24,687

reported deaths (+39%)

One million cases, about every seven days, for a month. Such is the present state of COVID-19 growth in the United States, as the nation crossed another sobering milestone of 14 million total cases on December 4. In the wake of the Thanksgiving holiday, when millions flew and drove for the festivities, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new warnings against travel for the winter. CDC director Robert R. Redfield said the nation could potentially face another 150,000 to 200,000 deaths before February, and he noted new research showing that the places with the most relaxed health guidance are suffering the most. Stricter lockdowns are now rolling out nationwide.

Cases

Deaths

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confirmed cases

reported deaths

New daily Covid-19 cases

7-day average

14-day daily average

Note: Counties recording fewer than five days of confirmed cases and having fewer than 10 cases are not shown.

Hospitalizations and deaths tend to lag two to three weeks behind case counts, and hospitals across the country are already stressed to the brink. The U.S. reported its highest number of COVID-19 deaths in a single day not once but twice in a single workweek. At least three of every four ICU beds are occupied in 26 states and Washington D.C. Not to mention that leading scientists now suspect 25 to 30 percent of COVID-19 cases may develop long-term post-COVID illness. But a ray of hope has emerged, as the United Kingdom and China are poised to begin distributing vaccines.

Cases

Deaths

All-time

Last 2 weeks

Per capita

Total

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Confirmed cases by month

Per capita

Total

March 2020

182,818 cases

Map of new daily coronavirus cases per capita by county for March 2020
Map of total new daily coronavirus cases by county for March 2020

April 2020

887,947 cases

Map of new daily coronavirus cases per capita by county for April 2020
Map of total new daily coronavirus cases by county for April 2020

May 2020

721,859 cases

Map of new daily coronavirus cases per capita by county for May 2020
Map of total new daily coronavirus cases by county for May 2020

June 2020

848,841 cases

Map of new daily coronavirus cases per capita by county for June 2020
Map of total new daily coronavirus cases by county for June 2020

July 2020

1,905,708 cases

Map of new daily coronavirus cases per capita by county for July 2020
Map of total new daily coronavirus cases by county for July 2020

August 2020

1,454,993 cases

Map of new daily coronavirus cases per capita by county for August 2020
Map of total new daily coronavirus cases by county for August 2020

September 2020

1,214,263 cases

Map of new daily coronavirus cases per capita by county for September 2020
Map of total new daily coronavirus cases by county for September 2020

October 2020

1,908,257 cases

Map of new daily coronavirus cases per capita by county for October 2020
Map of total new daily coronavirus cases by county for October 2020

November 2020

4,373,969 cases

Map of new daily coronavirus cases per capita by county for November 2020
Map of total new daily coronavirus cases by county for November 2020

Source: The New York Times, U.S. Census Bureau. Counts for Alameda County include cases and deaths from Berkeley and the Grand Princess cruise ship and counts for Douglas County include cases brought to the state from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.