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Coronavirus in the US: Latest COVID-19 news and case counts

Last updated July 13 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The U.S. has now confirmed more than 3.46 million COVID-19 cases and 138,095 related deaths, according to Worldometer, which is tracking COID-19 statistics. Over the July 11-12 weekend, the U.S. recorded more than 100,000 new cases The New York Times reported.

Worldwide, more than 13.17 million cases and 573,680 related deaths have been reported, according to Worldometer. 

The seven-day average daily deaths across the U.S. reached 700 on July 11, up from 471 on July 5, the Times reported. Though high, it's still hasn't skyrocketed to peak numbers in April, when the U.S. was reporting 2,200 deaths on average every day. Over the past week, eight states logged single-day record deaths, including Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Tennessee, The New York Times reported. For instance, Texas logged a state record of 119 deaths related to COVID-19 on July 8.

—Los Angeles, in particular, has become a hot spot, with total cases in the city topping 100,000, Reuters reported. Arizona is also showing an alarming surge, leading to the state's Gov. Doug Ducey to close bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theaters and water parks for at least 30 days, Reuters reported. 

—On Monday (July 13), California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he would be closing indoor operations for restaurants, wineries, movie theaters and zoos, the Times reported; and bars must close all operations, Newsom tweeted.

—The CDC released its guidelines for reopening various parts of society, including schools, childcare centers, restaurants and public transport, The Washington Post reported May 19. Some institutions, the CDC said, should stay closed to stem coronavirus transmission for now. The CDC also offered recommendations for offices should they reopen, including no public transit and no coffee pots or water coolers.

How states are faring

As of July 12, a New York Times investigation has found that at least 40 states and territories are seeing an increase in new COVID-19 cases over the past 14 days, in part because of ramped-up testing, the Times said. All U.S. states have also at least partially reopened their economies. 

"Because the number of people hospitalized and the percentage of people testing positive is also rising in many of those places, the case spike cannot be solely explained by increased testing," the Times reported.

States and territories in which new COVID-19 cases have remained relatively flat over the past 14 days include: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Mississippi, Arkansas, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wyoming,  Vermont and Guam.

And the states in which new cases are decreasing include: New Hampshire and Maine. Read more at The New York Times.

One of the factors that officials look at to determine whether virus transmission is increasing is the test positivity rate, or the proportion of tests that turn up positive for COVID-19. More testing means more cases will get flagged, but by looking at the percentage of positives you can get rid of that confounding factor. Regarding this indicator, the U.S. as a whole is seeing a steep uptick in this rate, now at 8.5%. Several states are leading this charge: Arizona's positivity rate is continuing to increase, currently at 26.9%, according to Johns Hopkins University. Florida's positivity rate is also increasing, currently at 19.6%; and Texas now has a positivity rate of 16.4%. New York's positivity rate, which peaked at around 50% in the beginning of April, has now dropped to 1.0%.

US deaths from coronavirus

More than 137,000 Americans have died to date from the novel coronavirus. At the end of March, a COVID-1 model by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington and other models had forecast that even with stay-at-home and other social-distancing measures, 200,000 individuals in the U.S. could ultimately die from this virus.

However, the IHME model is continually being updated with more and better information. As of July 7, that model projects that with lockdown measures easing, 208,255 people (with an estimate range of 186,087 to 244,540) could die of COVID-19 in the United States by Nov. 1. With universal mask-wearing, that number goes down to 162,600 (with an estimate range of 157,216 to 171,192).

That model suggests that 12 locations in the U.S. may have a total of 50 or more COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 by August: Arizona, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

In New York, the IHME model projects a total of 32,221 COVID-19 deaths by Nov. 1, assuming certain social-distancing measures remain in place. The model projects that Florida will see a total of around 17,472 deaths related to COVID-19 by Nov. 1; with universal mask-wearing, that number could go down to 9,849 deaths. As of July 13, the state had recorded 4,277 deaths. 

U.S. COVID-19 Cases by State (Updated daily, Source: Worldometer)

State

Cases

Deaths

New Cases (prior day)

New Deaths (prior day)

Alabama

55,545

1,124

1,640

7

Alaska

1,539

17

94

0

Arizona

123,824

2,245

2,537

86

Arkansas

28,939

323

503

2

California

331,588

7,053

7,702

25

Colorado

36,913

1,725

322

0

Connecticut

47,510

4,371

0

0

Delaware

12,879

517

61

0

District Of Columbia

10,906

568

46

0

Florida

282,435

4,277

15,300

45

Georgia

120,569

3,026

2,525

5

Hawaii

1,220

19

20

0

Idaho

10,902

102

397

0

Illinois

155,931

7,394

954

19

Indiana

52,037

2,762

533

4

Iowa

35,529

754

705

2

Kansas

20,184

296

271

2

Kentucky

19,653

629

268

3

Louisiana

79,827

3,428

1,319

13

Maine

3,558

114

19

2

Maryland

73,527

3,325

642

9

Massachusetts

111,827

8,330

199

15

Michigan

77,198

6,321

406

1

Minnesota

42,772

1,542

710

3

Mississippi

36,680

1,250

868

19

Missouri

29,726

1,127

334

0

Montana

1,843

32

81

0

Nebraska

21,172

285

174

0

Nevada

28,515

593

845

1

New Hampshire

6,054

391

30

0

New Jersey

181,143

15,634

243

6

New Mexico

15,028

545

255

2

New York

428,091

32,444

831

11

North Carolina

87,528

1,533

1,910

10

North Dakota

4,442

87

91

0

Ohio

66,884

3,069

1,398

22

Oklahoma

20,745

424

456

1

Oregon

12,438

237

319

2

Pennsylvania

100,274

6,963

565

5

Rhode Island

17,487

984

0

0

South Carolina

58,168

972

1,949

10

South Dakota

7,524

109

45

0

Tennessee

65,274

749

954

3

Texas

268,100

3,281

6,091

32

Utah

30,030

216

629

3

Vermont

1,301

56

13

0

Virginia

71,642

1,968

888

4

Washington

42,077

1,438

615

0

West Virginia

4,259

96

98

0

Wisconsin

36,942

821

769

0

Wyoming

1,862

21

23

0

Coronavirus antibody testing

In a recent study, researchers ran antibody tests on a total of 15,101 individuals at 99 grocery stores in 26 counties in New York state from April 19-28. The participants were 18 and older. Overall, 1,887 individuals (or 12.5%) showed antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, suggesting they had a past infection with the novel coronavirus. 

The researchers estimated that it takes about 21 days from symptom onset to a person building up enough antibodies to show up in an antibody test, so their results would indicate who has been infected through March 29. When they estimated the cumulative incidence of infections through that date by normalizing the sample to represent the true population, they found that overall 14% of New Yorkers (about 2.14 million) have been infected with SARS-CoV-2. Broken out into regions, New York City showed the highest incidence of 22.7%, followed by both Westchester/Rockland Counties and Long Island, which showed an incidence of 13.2%. The rest of New York State showed an incidence rate of 3.6%.

"Over 2 million adults were infected through late March 2020, with substantial variations by subpopulations. As this remains below herd immunity thresholds [of around 70%], monitoring, testing and contact tracing remain essential public health strategies," the researchers wrote in their paper, published online in the preprint database medRxiv, meaning the paper has yet to go through a peer-review by scientists in the field.

Cuomo had announced results from this study in April before it was published online, showing numbers by New York City borough and other counties in the state. Here's the breakdown he reported: 

New York City:
Bronx: 27.6%
Brooklyn: 19.2%
Manhattan: 17.3%
Queens: 18.4%
Staten Island: 19.2%

Statewide:
Mohawk Valley: 2.7%
North Country: 1.2%
Hudson Vally (w/o Westchester/Rockland): 3%
Central NY: 1.9%
Southern Tier: 2.4%
Finger Lakes: 2.6%
Western NY: 6%

The hope is that people with such antibodies will be immune to the coronavirus. However, scientists don't have enough data to be able to say whether that's the case. In addition, the serological tests have been plagued by unreliable results. 

Live Science put together a guide of everything you need to know about the coronavirus antibody tests.

States reopen

With surges in cases in some states, the U.S. map of reopening is changing: While some states are still in the process of reopening, others have paused reopenings and still others have reversed the reopening of businesses, according to The New York Times

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced limited reopening starting May 15 for five regions: Finger Lakes, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier and the North Country regions comprising the counties of: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence, according to an executive order from CuomoNew York City entered its first phase of reopening on June 8. A limited reopening allows certain business to open up while also following guidelines put forth by the state's department of health. Those business sectors include: Construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, retail, which is limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop-off), as well as manufacturing and wholesale trade. 

On June 9, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the state's stay-at-home order to allow limited reopenings of certain businesses, including construction, retail stores (for curbside pickup), beaches, golf courses and some other outdoor recreational areas. The state is expected to initiate a broader reopening on June 15, the Times reported. At that time, reopenings are expected for restaurants (for outdoor dining), daycares and sales inside retail stores, according to the Times.

California also began to reopen, starting May 12: In counties that have met certain state benchmarks for handling the pandemic, some businesses can open, The Los Angeles Times reported. These include: shopping centers (for in-person shopping); restaurants (for in-person dining); pet grooming establishments; and car washes. To get the green light for opening these businesses, counties in California must complete a risk assessment regarding COVID-19 spread and draw up protection plans to train employees on limiting virus spread, provide virus screenings of employees, disinfection protocols and social-distancing guidelines, the LAT reported. As of last week, the following counties had met those criteria: Amador, Butte, El Dorado, Lassen, Nevada, Placer and Shasta counties, the LAT said.

Amid protests to reopen Michigan, the state Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed executive orders to reinstate the "state of emergency" to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The emergency measures will remain in place through May 28, the Times reported. During this time, all businesses must “suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, and all Michiganders must stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store,” the government said in a statement.

Ohio’s stay-at-home orders are set to expire on May 29. However, state Gov. Mike DeWine has allowed the reopening of certain industries — retail stores, outdoor dining at restaurants, manufacturing, construction, salons and offices — beginning May 12. 

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is reopening in a similar manner to California, where it is happening by county and in progressive phases. About 49 counties are currently in the "yellow" phase of reopening as of May 15. 

In yellow phase counties, the stay-at-home order is  lifted and many business with in-person operations are allowed to reopen — however, bars, restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues will remain closed, and gatherings of more than 25 people remain prohibited. Read the governor's statement for more information on what the yellow phase entails. Currently, just 18 counties in Pennsylvania remain in the "red phase" of maximum social restrictions.

CDC guidelines for reopening

In the CDC's newly released guidance or road map for reopening different parts of society, schooldays would look much different from what kids are used to. For instance, according to The Washington Post, the road map suggests policies for social distancing that include: 6 feet between each desk; desks facing in the same direction; lunch within classrooms; staggered times of arrival for students; face masks for staff; and daily temperature screenings. On buses, the CDC recommends seating children in every other row, as well, according to the CDC’s 60-page document. The CDC also suggests schools close communal-use spaces such as dining halls and playgrounds if possible; otherwise, schools should stagger use and disinfect in between use in these areas.

To follow the road map, states or local communities would move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 to Phase 3 after meeting thresholds under all six "gating criteria" in order to move forward in the phases and the loosening of social-distancing measures. The six gating criteria are: 

Decreases in newly identified COVID-19 cases (To more to Phase 1, an area must show a downward trajectory of documented cases over a 14-day period.)

Decreases in emergency department and/or outpatient visits for COVID-like illness (To move from Phase 1 to Phase 2, for instance, an area must show a downward trajectory of COVID-like cases cases reported for at least 14 days after entering Phase 1.)

Decreases in emergency department and/or outpatient visits for influenza-like illness

Decreases in percentage of SARS-CoV-2 tests that are positive

Treat all patients without crisis care

Robust testing program (For instance, to move to Phase 1, an area must have test availability such that the percentage of positive tests is <20% for 14 days. Median time from test order to result is <4 days.) 

Coronavirus testing

Coronavirus memo

Two memorandums sent to President Donald Trump and the National Security Council by trade advisor Peter Navarro lay out alarming forecasts for how hard the spreading coronavirus could hit Americans, according to news sites that obtained the memos. In a memo dated Jan. 29 that was sent to the National Security Council, Navarro writes: "The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil. ... This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans," The New York Times reported. In one of the worst-case scenarios that Navarro described, more than half a million Americans could die from the disease, the Times reported.

The other memo, dated Feb. 23 and addressed to President Trump, is also attributed to Navarro. In the memo, according to Axios and the Times, Navarro indicates the need for resources from Congress.

"This is NOT a time for penny-pinching or horse trading on the Hill," Navarro wrote, as reported by Axios. The memo also warned that an “increasing probability of a full-blown COVID-19 pandemic that could infect as many as 100 million Americans, with a loss of life of as many as 1.2 million souls."

At the time of both memos, the president was downplaying the severity of the not-yet-pandemic situation. In a tweet dated to Feb. 24, Trump wrote: "The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA," Axios reported.

Coronavirus rescue plan

President Donald Trump signed into law a $2 trillion rescue bill on Friday (March 27) in the Oval Office, after the House of Representatives passed it through a voice vote the same day; the U.S. Senate had passed the bill unanimously on Wednesday (March 25), The New York Times reported. There was concern that a representative in the House would demand a so-called "roll call" or recorded vote, in which each member's vote gets recorded through an electronic voting machine. But that takes time, and it means enough representatives voting yes must be present for the vote to pass.

Related: How to get the $1,200 coronavirus stimulus check

Instead, the representatives used a "voice vote," in which the "presiding officer" states the question and those in favor say "Yea" and those against, "Nay." The presiding officer then announces the result according to their judgment, and the names of the representatives are not recorded. 

Here's what the bill looks like, according to a breakdown of the bill by Bloomberg.com: About $532 billion would go to "big business, local government loans and financial assistance," including $61 billion that would go directly to airlines. About $377 billion would go to small business loans and grants. About $290 billion would provide direct payments to families in certain tax brackets; $260 billion in unemployment insurance; $290 billion in tax cuts; and $150 billion for state and local stimulus finds. The following "miscellaneous" funds are also part of the rescue bill: $126 billion to hospitals and other health care facilities; $45 billion for FEMA; $31 billion for education stabilization; $27 billion for vaccines and stockpiles; $25 billion for infrastructure; and $131 billion for "other."

The direct payments to families would go to low- and middle-income families/individuals and would include: $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child in those households, Bloomberg.com reported.

More coronavirus news on Live Science

Limited testing

As of April 27, 97 state and local public health laboratories in 50 states and the District of Columbia have working COVID-19 diagnostic tests, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced. As of April 27, the CDC and public labs in the U.S. had tested 491,815 specimens; that doesn't equate to that many individuals tested, as labs may run two tests per person to confirm an infection. When commercial labs are added in, a total of nearly 5.6 million COVID-19 tests have been run in the U.S. as of April 28, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

States differ in their rates of testing: California has completed 553,409 tests (about 139 per 10,000 individuals); New York has run 826,095 tests (about 425 per 10,000); 13,033 tests in Montana (120 per 10K individuals); and 53,171 in Oklahoma (134 per 10K)as of April 28. 

To date, the FDA has granted at least 50 "emergency use authorizations" for COVID diagnostic tests as of April 27, the FDA reported. Most notably is an EUA for a new serological test, which looks for antibodies in a person's blood that are specific to the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2; such tests will help to identify who has been infected already by the virus and is potentially immune. On April 1, the FDA issued that EUA to Cellex Inc.'s qSARS-CoV-2 IgG/IgM Rapid Test, the FDA reported.

Other tests that received EUA's include: the San Diego-based Mesa Biotech’s rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19 (called Accula SARS-CoV-2 Test), which delivers results in 30 minutes, Forbes reported. The firm's CEO said the device fits in the palm of your hand and can easily be sent out to point-of-care locations for testing.

Another EUA was granted to California-based company Cepheid for a rapid COVID-19 test whose results take 45 minutes, Live Science reported. There are 5,000 systems in the U.S. capable of running this rapid test, which Cepheid said it would start shipping out March 30. 

LabCorp, which processes samples collected by state health departments and hospitals, said in an April 2 statement that the lab “has performed approximately 350,000 tests since first making our COVID-19 test available on March 5th. That number is increasing rapidly now that our lab capacity has reached more than 30,000 tests per day, with even more capacity expected over the coming weeks assuming adequate supplies.”

In addition, Deborah Birx, a member of the president's coronavirus task force, said that the U.S. had granted emergency authorization for Roche holdings to release its automated test, which should rapidly scale up the ability to conduct testing. In a March 30 statement from Roche, the company said it began shipping the tests, called the cobas® SARS-CoV-2 Test, to U.S. labs on March 13 and expected to be able to ship about 400,000 tests per week.

Originally published on Live Science. 

  • jdgoethe
    "Anyone who wants a test can get a test." This article is a flat out lie. That's not what he said. Science indeed.
    Reply
  • michaelmouse
    Just think of the test as a Doctor, as in, If you like your Doctor you can keep your Doctor!
    Reply
  • michaelmouse
    jdgoethe said:
    He never said that quote.
    Of course "he" didn't, he just remains with credit for it. That credit is his legacy. It will never go away. It will even be in a, read his, library somewhere.
    Reply
  • loveforall
    Except...he did: 44kyHOPEZV8View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44kyHOPEZV8
    Reply
  • dman32
    jdgoethe: "Anyone who wants a test can get a test." This article is a flat out lie. That's not what he said. Science indeed." - He literally says it 4 times within the 2 minute video 1_XwC9IQKBcView: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_XwC9IQKBc
    Reply
  • MaiMouse
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-tour-centers-disease-control-prevention-atlanta-ga/
    "THE PRESIDENT: Anybody that wants a test can get a test. That’s what the bottom line is."
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  • loveforall
    Obama: If you like your Doctor you can keep your Doctor!
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  • wow
    It isn't in Alabama yet!
    Reply
  • livesciencecomments
    The article is correct about what the president said.

    You can read where and when the president made the statement on the White House website--it published the remarks from his tour of the CDC:

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-tour-centers-disease-control-prevention-atlanta-ga/

    "DR. REDFIELD:... we have now shipped out — I think it was enough to test 75,000 people into the public health labs now.

    THE PRESIDENT: Anybody that wants a test can get a test. That’s what the bottom line is."
    Reply
  • steeltown56
    Just stumbled on this conversation while looking at the latest coronavirus map. OK.....am I reading this right? “He” never said that? Good God......”Anyone who needs a test gets a test. They’re there, they have the tests......and the tests are beautiful......”. Just like his call with Zelensky. (And BTW...I saw it live, so.....)
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