The coronavirus has now been identified in all 50 U.S. states, and more than 140 deaths in the country have been linked to the illness. Those known deaths, all from the past three weeks, come as the number of diagnoses has surged into the thousands as the virus has spread and as testing has expanded significantly. On Wednesday morning, more than 1,000 new cases were announced in New York State.
Alaska Alaska 6
Ala. Ala. 51
Ark. Ark. 33
Ariz. Ariz. 28
Calif. Calif. 800+
Colo. Colo. 200+
Conn. Conn. 96
D.C. D.C. 39
Del. Del. 26
Fla. Fla. 300+
Ga. Ga. 100+
Hawaii Hawaii 16
Iowa Iowa 38
Idaho Idaho 11
Ill. Ill. 200+
Ind. Ind. 39
Kan. Kan. 22
Ky. Ky. 35
La. La. 200+
Mass. Mass. 200+
Md. Md. 85
Maine Maine 43
Mich. Mich. 80
Minn. Minn. 77
Mo. Mo. 24
Miss. Miss. 34
Mont. Mont. 12
N.C. N.C. 66
N.D. N.D. 7
Neb. Neb. 45
N.H. N.H. 39
N.J. N.J. 400+
N.M. N.M. 28
Nev. Nev. 82
N.Y. N.Y. 2,300+
Ohio Ohio 90
Okla. Okla. 29
Ore. Ore. 75
Pa. Pa. 100+
R.I. R.I. 33
S.C. S.C. 60
S.D. S.D. 11
Tenn. Tenn. 98
Texas Texas 100+
Utah Utah 63
Va. Va. 74
Vt. Vt. 19
Wash. Wash. 1,000+
Wis. Wis. 100+
W.Va. W.Va. 2
Wyo. Wyo. 16
Note: The map shows the known locations of coronavirus cases by county. Circles are sized by the number of people there who have tested positive, which may differ from where they contracted the illness. Some people who traveled overseas were taken for treatment in California, Nebraska and Texas. Puerto Rico and the other U.S. territories are not shown. Sources: State and local health agencies, hospitals, C.D.C. Data as of 2:11 a.m. E.T., Mar. 19.
As of Thursday morning, at least 8,317 people across every state, plus Washington, D.C., and three U.S. territories, have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a New York Times database, and at least 147 patients with the virus have died.
As the United States scrambled to understand the scope of an escalating public health crisis, life in many states has come to a standstill: Schools and businesses have closed. Parties, meetings and sporting events have been canceled. In some places, residents have been ordered to stay inside.
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As the death toll surpassed 140 on Wednesday, the danger that the coronavirus poses — especially to older people and those with health problems — became even more clear.
At least 35 of the deaths were connected to a single nursing center in Washington, and residents of other long-term care facilities — in Kansas, South Carolina and at least two other centers in Washington — have also died.
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Several hundred new cases are now being identified each day, including more than 1,300 on Tuesday. The pace of diagnosis is expected to quicken as the virus spreads and testing becomes more widely available. More state and private labs have started running tests for the coronavirus in recent days, increasing the capacity to identify new patients after weeks of delays and test kit shortages.
The outbreak looks vastly different today than it did just a couple of weeks ago. At the start of March, 70 cases had been reported in the United States, most of them tied to overseas travel. Since then, new cases have poured in by the hundreds and thousands, including more than 2,500 between the start of Tuesday and midday Wednesday. The virus is now spreading in parts of the country where it had not been identified as recently as 10 days ago, including Louisiana, which now has at least 257 known cases.
Source: C.D.C., state and local health agencies, hospitals.
The New York Times is engaged in a comprehensive effort to track details about every confirmed case in the United States, collecting information from federal, state and local officials around the clock. The numbers in this article are being updated several times a day based on the latest information our journalists are gathering from around the country.
The number of patients treated in the United States remains a small fraction of those with the virus overseas, where thousands of people have died and tens of thousands have been infected.
Washington State has been hit hard.
As about 100 new patients have been identified each recent day in Washington State, officials there have scrambled to impose restrictions on public gatherings and slow the transmission rate.
With hospitals stretched thin, officials in King County, which includes Seattle, announced the acquisition of a motel to use as an isolation area. They also purchased a “fully self-contained tent, with flooring and heat” to hold more people with the illness. And with more than 60 deaths reported in the state, officials banned gatherings of more than 50 people and ordered the closure of theaters, fitness clubs and bars.
“We are at a critical moment in this crisis,” the King County executive, Dow Constantine, said in a statement. He added: “Go to work if you must. But hunker down if you are able. Postpone anything you can. Treat the next two weeks as a period of self-quarantine, to protect yourself and the lives and health of your loved ones and the entire community.”
Washington is not the only West Coast state to be hit hard. Community spread of the virus has been reported in many parts of California, where local officials were among the first to cancel large gatherings, and in Oregon, where several cases have been linked to a home for veterans. Most of the first patients on the West Coast traveled in China or were passengers on two cruise ships where outbreaks emerged. But as the virus has circulated widely within those states, and as the number of diagnoses has increased from a few-dozen to many hundreds, officials have been unable to pinpoint how most of the newest patients became ill.
|How Virus Was Contracted||Cases|
|Personal contact in U.S.||161|
|Cluster connected to a community in New Rochelle, N.Y.||113|
|Travel within the U.S.||72|
|Nursing facility in Kirkland, Wash.||59|
|Travel in Egypt||47|
|Diamond Princess cruise ship||43|
|Long-term care facility in DuPage County, Ill.||42|
|Travel in Italy||39|
|Business conference in Boston||30|
As more U.S. patients were diagnosed without any history of overseas travel, it became clear that people were being exposed in schools, offices and medical facilities. Among the latest cases: A person in southwest Missouri who had traveled to another part of the country, and three people in Nevada who had contact with a previous coronavirus patient.
New York: 2,382 cases have been identified.
Since announcing their first case of coronavirus on March 1, health officials in New York State have raced to contain the virus’s spread as the number of confirmed diagnoses has surged past 2,300.
Many of the early cases there were traced to a man from Westchester County who attended public gatherings before knowing he had the coronavirus. The National Guard has been deployed in New Rochelle, the center of that outbreak.
In addition to Westchester County, patients were being treated in several New York City boroughs, on Long Island and in more than a dozen other counties. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, warned that intensive care units would soon be full and asked President Trump to send the Army Corps of Engineers to retrofit university dorms and other buildings to house those patients. Both Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Trump accused the other of not doing enough to control the virus.
“It’s only a matter of time before our state’s ICU beds fill up.,” Mr. Cuomo wrote Monday on Twitter.
In Washington State, 68 people have died.
Since the first coronavirus deaths in the United States were reported on Feb. 29 in King County, Wash., which includes Seattle, officials there have continued to announce fatal cases of the illness.
By Tuesday, 35 deaths had been tied to the Life Care Center nursing facility in Kirkland, Wash., where dozens of residents, staff members and visitors were sickened. Many of those cases involved older people with other health problems that made them especially vulnerable to coronavirus. Cases have also been reported at other nursing facilities in the Seattle area.
Among the people in the United States who have died from coronavirus, almost all have been in their 70s, 80s or 90s. The youngest known fatality was a man in his 40s.
Several states have reported their first deaths.
While the majority of deaths tied to coronavirus have been in Washington, more and more states have reported fatal cases in recent days. In New York, seven deaths have been announced since Saturday. In Indiana, the state’s first fatality was made public on Monday. And in South Carolina, a resident of a long-term care facility died shortly after being diagnosed, the first coronavirus-related death in that state.
“This is an example of the importance of taking precautions to protect those at higher risk, like the elderly and people with serious underlying health conditions,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Cruise ships: Dozens of Americans were infected.
Forty-three Americans who spent time aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where the virus spread among passengers and crew members as it was docked in Japan, were later treated in the United States, receiving care at hospitals in California, Texas, Nebraska, Utah and Washington State.
Several residents of Maryland, Iowa, Texas and Virginia who tested positive for the virus contracted it on an Egyptian cruise of the Nile River, state and localofficials said. And at least 21 people who traveled on a leg of a Grand Princess cruise from San Francisco in February have tested positive in the United States.
At least 21 more coronavirus patients sailed on a subsequent Grand Princess cruise that arrived in California last week. Others on that ship who had not tested positive were sent to quarantine on military bases. By this week, those passengers had started to be sent home to self-quarantine, including 29 people from Wisconsin who arrived there on Sunday.
“We’re glad to finally have our folks back home in Wisconsin,” the state’s governor, Tony Evers, said in a statement. “These individuals have gone through a harrowing experience full of uncertainty and fear.”