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

Two new milestones are converging: The first-ever day with 200,000 cases and a million new cases in less than a week.

Updated Nov. 25, 2020, 6:46 A.M. E.T.

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


total cases

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


total deaths

7-day average

14-day daily average

In the last two weeks:


confirmed cases (+58%)

One in


people infected


reported deaths (+44%)

COVID-19’s growth in the United States has reached its most explosive phase. The nation hit nine million cases on October 30. Ten days later, it reached 10 million. Another week passed, and the country topped 11 million. Now, America stands poised to record 200,000 cases in a single day—for the first time during the pandemic—while also notching a million cases in less than seven days. The Midwest and Mountain West states continue to carry the highest burden of new COVID-19 patients, but spikes are happening everywhere. Coronavirus deaths continue to surge as well, with the seven-day average soaring above 1,300 per day.



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.

Yet 14 states still lack mask mandates, even as hospitals run out of beds and staff to cope with the crisis. As of mid-November, at least three of every four ICU beds are occupied in 27 states and Washington D.C. The states with the most relaxed health guidance are suffering the most. The third surge brings a mixture of sorrow and numbness that must be overcome with better adherence to health guidance if the nation wants to give itself the holiday gift of a case decline.




Last 2 weeks

Per capita


Confirmed cases by month

Per capita


March 2020

182,818 cases

April 2020

887,947 cases

May 2020

721,859 cases

June 2020

848,841 cases

July 2020

1,905,708 cases

August 2020

1,454,993 cases

September 2020

1,214,263 cases

October 2020

1,908,245 cases

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.