U.S. Coronavirus Update, Map as Deaths Nearly at 10,000, Fatalities to Peak in New York, New Jersey, Detroit This Week

Cases of the novel coronavirus in the U.S. have surpassed 337,900, with more than 9,600 deaths reported, according to the latest figures reported Monday by Johns Hopkins University.

The virus, which was first detected in Wuhan, China, has reached more than 1.28 million people across the globe in at least 183 countries and regions. More than 270,300 have recovered from infection, while over 70,500 have died globally. The U.S. remains the epicenter of the outbreak and health officials have warned the country will face a surge in deaths in the coming weeks.

"This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans' lives, quite frankly. This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it's not going to be localized. It's going to be happening all over the country," U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams told Fox News on Sunday.

"There is a light at the end of the tunnel if everyone does their part for the next 30 days," he added.

Several states to see peak deaths this week

New York, New Jersey, Detroit and other parts of the country are expected to reach their peak number of deaths and hospitalizations this week, Adm. Brett P. Giroir, the Assistant Secretary for Health, warned on Monday.

  • New York, New Jersey and Michigan are the top three states with the highest number of cases and death tolls in the country, as of Monday.
  • New York has at least 122,031 confirmed cases and at least 4,159 deaths, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed on Sunday.
  • New Jersey has at least 37,505 confirmed cases and 917 deaths, according to the latest report Sunday on the New Jersey state government website.
  • Michigan has at least 15,718 confirmed cases and 617 deaths, according to the latest report Sunday from the Michigan state government website.

"We may be seeing the worst upon us right now," Giroir said on NBC's Today show. But he added that experts believe some parts of the country are "turning a corner because of all of the physical distancing that we're doing."

"We'll see some rolling peaks across the country as the next few weeks unfold," Giroir said, adding that various other cities, such as New Orleans, are expected to reach their peaks over the next few weeks.

Giroir warned the situation could become worse if Americans take their "foot off the gas [pedal]," in maintaining and enforcing mitigation measures.

Louisiana (13,010 cases, 477 deaths), California (15,201, 350 deaths), and Massachusetts (12,500 cases, 231 deaths) also continue to report a high number of confirmed infections, according to the latest figures reported Sunday by their respective state health departments and government websites.

New York sees first drop in deaths and human to animal infection in U.S.

  • New York City alone claims at least 67,551 of the state's 122,031 confirmed infections, as of Sunday, according to the latest figures confirmed by Cuomo.
  • There are at least 12,738 confirmed cases in the New York City borough of the Bronx, 17,520 in Brooklyn, 9,251 in Manhattan, 21,781 in Queens, and 3,628 in Staten Island, as of 6 p.m. (local time) Sunday, according to the latest report from the New York City department of health.
  • Cuomo confirmed New York state saw a decrease in new deaths for the first time on Sunday, dropping from 630 on Saturday to 594 on Sunday, he noted at a press conference.
  • A tiger infected at New York City's Bronx Zoo is said to be the first known case of an animal infected in the U.S.

The number of hospitalizations in New York state was also reported to have dropped to 574, "which is obviously much lower than previous numbers," Cuomo noted, describing the drop as an "interesting blip," CBS New York reports.

While Cuomo noted, "the number of deaths over the past few days has been dropping for the first time," he added it "is too early to tell" the significance of that decline.

"There is a shift to Long Island. Upstate New York is basically flat. And as Long Island grows, the percentage of cases in New York has reduced," Cuomo said.

Brooklyn, New York, Coronavirus, April 2020
A person wears a protective masks while walking past street art in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn on April 2, 2020 in New York City. Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises. Getty Images

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned on Sunday: "New York City is facing a crisis that rivals only the Spanish Influenza and the Great Depression. We need bold action—and fast. We need to mobilize doctors, nurses, and supplies to our front lines. And it needs to happen now—before it's too late."

A four-year-old Malayan tiger known as Nadia, along with six other big cats at the Bronx Zoo, is believed to have been infected by an asymptomatic zoo keeper. The test results were confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa, BBC reports.

The cats were reported to have shown symptoms of the virus, including a dry cough, at the end of March.

"This is the first time that any of us know of anywhere in the world that a person infected the animal and the animal got sick," Paul Calle, the chief veterinarian at the zoo, told Reuters.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, the disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus, in a selection of states.

Steep Growth of Coronavirus Cases in NY
This infographic shows the steep growth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York between March 16 and April 5, 2020. Statista

Mitigation is working but resurgence in cases expected

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Anthony Fauci, noted at a White House press briefing on Sunday: "Is the mitigation working?... Clearly, in the countries—China included—that have implemented very strict kinds of programs of mitigation, clearly it works. In our own country, we've seen indication of that in Washington. Remember, Washington State was the first to get hit. But they put in a really good program of mitigation."

"When people are separated from each other, [the] virus does not transmit; it doesn't go anywhere," Fauci said, stressing that physical separation is "our most important tool" in the effort towards "ending the COVID outbreak in 30 days."

Fauci, who is a member of the U.S. COVID-19 virus task force led by Vice President Mike Pence, also warned that "the risk of there being a resurgent is real," at the press briefing.

"Unless we get this globally under control, there is a very good chance that it will assume a seasonal nature in the sense that if—and I hope it's not only if but when—we get it down to a point where it is really at a low level, we need to be prepared," he also warned on the Face the Nation program on CBS.

"Since it will be unlikely to be completely eradicated from the planet, as we get into next season, we may see the beginning of a resurgence," he said on the show.

Reducing the chances of a resurgence "will require the ability to test, to identify, to isolate, and to do contact tracing," he explained at the press briefing.

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

Coronavirus COVID-19 United States Statista
Spread of COVID-19 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.