U.S. Has Nearly a Third of the World's Coronavirus Cases

Cases of the novel coronavirus in the U.S. have climbed to nearly 610,000, including more than 26,000 deaths and nearly 50,000 recoveries, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

With nearly two million cases confirmed globally, the U.S. is home to more than 30 percent of the total number of infections in the world. The country is the epicenter of the outbreak, with nearly three times as many cases as there are in Spain and Italy, which each have around 162,400 to 174,000 infections to date.

New York has the largest portion of cases in the U.S., with at least 202,208 infections, including 10,834 deaths, as of Wednesday, according to the latest figures from the New York State Department of Health.

The state makes up a third of the total U.S. cases and nearly 40 percent of the country's death toll, which has surpassed 25,000. While cases continue to emerge, New York has started to show signs of the outbreak slowing down, with a slight flattening of the number of hospitalizations, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed at a press conference on Tuesday.

"We changed the curve...we are changing the curve every day. We have shown that we control the virus, the virus doesn't control us. This is a big deal," Cuomo said.

He also warned: "Just because those numbers are flattening, it's no time to relax. We're not out of the woods. In this reopening, we could lose all the progress we made in one week if we do it wrong. We have a number of challenges ahead. We have to figure out how to do this."

The graphic below, provided by Statista, shows the growth of cases in New York.

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Cases of COVID-19 in New York. Statista

New Jersey has also seen tens of thousands of cases, with at least 68,824 confirmed infections, according to the New Jersey state government's website.

The state has recruited over 10,600 out-of-state health care professionals, who were given temporary emergency licenses to work in New Jersey, while licenses for more than 400 New Jersey health workers have been reactivated to help combat the outbreak, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed on Tuesday. "This is all hands on deck," he wrote in a post on his official Twitter account.

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The "Teammates" statues of former Boston Red Sox players Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio wear makeshift masks, pictured on April 9, 2020 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Major League Baseball season is postponed due the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Getty Images

"Keep doing what you're doing: Wearing a mask, Covering your face, Practicing social distancing, Staying home. I know it's not fun, and it's not easy – but it's working. #FlattenTheCurve," he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Massachusetts, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida and Louisiana each have more than 20,000 confirmed cases, as of Wednesday, ranging from around 21,500 to 28,100 infections.

Los Angeles County has the most number of cases in California, with at least 10,075 infections, while San Diego has 1,930 and San Francisco has 987 cases, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The pace of the outbreak appears to have slowed down in Washington state, which saw a spike in cases after the first U.S. case was reported there. It currently has just over 10,000 confirmed cases, the 13th highest number of infections in the country.

The COVID-19 virus was first reported in Wuhan, China and has spread to nearly two million people across at least 185 countries and regions. More than 494,300 have recovered from infection, while at least 126,800 have died, as of Wednesday.

Top 10 states with most confirmed COVID-19 cases

(as of April 15)

  1. New York—at least 202,208 cases, according to the New York State Department of Health
  2. New Jersey—at least 68,824, according to the New Jersey state government website
  3. Massachusetts—at least 28,163, according to the Massachusetts Department of Health
  4. Michigan—at least 27,001, according to the Michigan state government website
  5. California—at least 25,777, according to the LA Times
  6. Pennsylvania—at least 25,465, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health
  7. Illinois—at least 23,247, according to the Illinois Department of Health
  8. Florida—at least 21,628, according to the Florida's state health department
  9. Louisiana—at least 21,518, according to the Louisiana Department of Health
  10. Texas—at least 14,624, according to the Texas Health and Human Services and Department of State Health Services

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the spread of COVID-19 across the U.S.

The spread of the COVID-19 virus in the U.S.
The spread of the COVID-19 virus in the U.S. STATISTA

Data on COVID-19 cases is from Johns Hopkins University unless otherwise stated.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice on Using Face Coverings to Slow Spread of COVID-19

  • CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • A simple cloth face covering can help slow the spread of the virus by those infected and by those who do not exhibit symptoms.
  • Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items. Guides are offered by the CDC. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html)
  • Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. A washing machine will suffice.
  • Practice safe removal of face coverings by not touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash hands immediately after removing the covering.

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
  • If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
  • Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.