Mapping the Coronavirus Outbreak in the U.S. — 57.6K Cases & 897 Deaths Reported Thursday
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by Causes | 10.9.20
The rising number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the U.S. makes understanding the progression of the outbreak and its impact on public health vital.
To deepen that comprehension, our partners at USAFacts created these useful visualizations for tracking the outbreak at the national, state, and county level. In each, the darker colors represent a larger number of confirmed cases and related deaths in the state or county. This data was last updated October 9, 2020:
Methodology: This interactive feature aggregates data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state- and local-level public health agencies and the work of academic institutions, most notably Johns Hopkins University. County-level data is confirmed by referencing state and local agencies directly.
The 21 cases confirmed on the Grand Princess cruise ship on March 5 and 6 are attributed to the state of California, but not to any counties. The national numbers also include the 45 people with coronavirus repatriated from the Diamond Princess.
USAFacts attempts to match each case with a county, but some cases counted at the state level are not allocated to counties due to lack of information.
Because of the frequency with which we are currently updating this data, they may not reflect the exact numbers reported state and local government organizations or the news media. Numbers may also fluctuate as agencies update their own data. At present, we are working on ensuring that we can provide this data with the most up-to-date information possible.
Note from April 28: On April 14, New York City began a separate count of "probable deaths" of people believed to have died as a result of COVID-19, though weren't tested. On April 28, these deaths were retroactively added to our death counts, assigned to a New York City borough if possible. In the future, USAFacts will include "probable deaths" in the overall tally if a local government chooses to report that information separately.
Note from April 18: Certain states have changed their methodology in reporting deaths due to COVID-19. As a result, we are holding off on reporting death data in a few key states (New York is notable among these states due to the high number of confirmed cases and deaths). USAFacts is committed to providing official numbers confirmed by state or local health agencies, and we will appropriately backfill the death data when we receive more guidance from the CDC and relevant health departments.
Note from April 15: In certain states, probable deaths are listed alongside confirmed deaths. Following the lead of the CDC, we will begin publishing death counts that combine these two totals where applicable; this might result in larger than expected increases in deaths in certain counties.
Note from March 28: The data now includes all counties regardless of confirmed case count. Additionally, New York City data has been allotted to its five boroughs/counties, where possible.
#MadewithUSAFacts: Want to use USAFacts county-level COVID-19 data? Download it here. The data is available under a Creative Commons license. We simply request that you cite USAFacts as the data provider and link back to this page. Don’t forget to share what you've created with the USAFacts data. Please tag @usafacts on social media and use the hashtag #MadewithUSAFacts. We'll reshare the posts with the data-loving community.
Learn more about the process USAFacts has used to track this public health data during the COVID-19 pandemic by reading our interview with members of their team here.
— Eric Revell
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