COVID by the numbers: April 5, 2022

States are changing how often they report data on COVID-19 cases and deaths as of June 2021. For example, some states report only once a week, or don’t update dashboards on weekends.

The numbers included in the charts and maps below reflect what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently reports.

  • Global cases: 489,779,062
  • Global deaths: 6,152,095
  • US cases: 79,991,833
  • U.S. deaths: 979,108

As of April 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that there were 79,991,833 cases of COVID-19 in the United States.

California has more than 9 million cases, followed by Texas with more than 6 million, Florida with more than 5 million and Illinois with more than 3 million. A growing number of states are reaching milestones, including:

  • Over 2 million cases: Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Arizona and Tennessee
  • Over 1 million cases: South Carolina, Indiana, Massachusetts, Virginia, Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado, Alabama, Louisiana, Washington, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Maryland

On a per capita basis, Alaska and Vermont had the highest daily averages of new cases last week.

Since the start of the pandemic, 979,108 people in the United States have died from COVID-19. California reported the most new deaths over the past seven days with 398, followed by Arizona with 385.

COVID-19 patterns vary by community behavior, including whether people wear masks and practice social distancing. To see how a state’s cases and deaths over the past week stack up with cases and deaths since the start of the pandemic, see the table below.

Current total cases and deaths per state since the start of the pandemic and the past 7 days.

As of July 28, the CDC is providing state-by-state data on community transmission levels. CDC recommends living in Considerable and High Even if they were fully vaccinated, transmission levels would return to wearing masks.

Current levels of community transmission of COVID-19 in each state.

How does the CDC obtain data?

Each state and U.S. territory reports certain information about COVID-19 to the CDC on a daily basis.Much of this data is actually in County grade. Even without a pandemic, states are always required to report certain infectious diseases, which means most public health departments are aware of the need to collect and share data with the CDC.

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That said, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed more demands on state health departments, and having to collect and report data on COVID cases, deaths and spread is no easy task for everyone.

All 50 states report to the CDC as well as certain jurisdictions. For example, New York City reports its own data independently of New York State.

What information do countries report?

States report to the CDC how many cases of COVID-19 there are in the state and how many people have died from COVID-19. States report the total number of cases (both confirmed and probable, although not all jurisdictions report these numbers) since tracking began in January, as well as the number of new cases and deaths reported in the past seven days.

Information on COVID-19 testing, hospitalizations, and recoveries is also reported. In some cases, the data is presented as a percentage. In other cases, you may see data displayed as “Rate per 1,000 people” for a given time frame.

Because each state is a different size, looking at the relationship between the number of cases or deaths and the number of people living in that state can give a better idea of ​​how the virus is spreading than just looking at the raw data. Having a large number of cases in a state with a smaller population is not the same as having the same number of cases in a state three times as large.

Countries also reported some information that was not available to the public; restricted data contained more specific fields that could compromise patient privacy. These data are more applicable to public health officials and researchers.

Some states provide data on how communities are affected by COVID-19. For example, the CDC shows data showing how often people go out in certain parts of the country and correlates these data on mobility to the level of virus transmission in those areas.

Some states also provide information about specific groups of people, such as healthcare workers and pregnant women.

How accurate is the data?

The numbers reported to the CDC are as accurate as states can provide, although they are subject to change. While these numbers are updated daily, there are sometimes lags on weekends or holidays. Some states started testing backlogs a few weeks ago, which means the reported data is a bit behind the current situation.

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Reported totals sometimes include probable (or suspected) cases and unconfirmed deaths. However, some places do not report suspected cases or deaths – only confirmed cases. At some point, it may prove that these cases are not related to COVID-19 after all, and they will be removed from the report.

It’s also important to remember that some people have COVID-19 and have no symptoms. If they’re not sick and don’t realize they’ve been exposed to the virus, they’re less likely to get tested. Unless states have the capacity to conduct broader testing to include people without symptoms, they may be underestimating the total number of COVID-19 cases because asymptomatic people are not included if they are not tested.

In some cases, people who go to the emergency room with symptoms of COVID-19 may be diagnosed with another illness, such as the flu or pneumonia. However, not all jurisdictions reported data on emergency room visits that may be related to COVID-19.

The reported data from all the different hospitals in the U.S. doesn’t look the same because the healthcare system doesn’t code diagnoses the same way. In some cases, the coding classification changes, which may affect whether a case is counted as a COVID-19 case.

Likewise, deaths from COVID-19 may be missed if an illness such as pneumonia is listed as the cause of death on a person’s death certificate or doctor’s document, rather than attributing the death to COVID-19.

In some cases, people who are sick or who have been exposed to someone with COVID do not seek care or cannot get tested.

It’s also possible that one state has counted cases or deaths that actually “belong” to another state’s total. This can happen if someone lives in one state, travels to another state, and contracts COVID-19 while traveling.

Because of these factors, it is normal for cases and deaths to change — in fact, they change all the time.

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What can I tell me about COVID-19 in my state by looking at the numbers?

There are several pieces of data to consider if you want to know about the COVID-19 situation where you live. While the most direct numbers are the total number of cases and deaths, those numbers don’t give you the full story. When you’re looking at statistics, context matters.

It may be more helpful to see how the number of cases compares to the number of tests your state is doing. If your state doesn’t test many people, the number of positive cases doesn’t really reflect how many people in your state may have COVID-19.

It’s also important to remember that asymptomatic people may be missing from the total, both in terms of tested cases and confirmed cases. Remember, a person can get COVID-19 without getting sick, but they can still spread it to others without realizing it.

Also, looking at the totals from the start of the pandemic to the present doesn’t tell you the same thing as looking at the 7-day average. You can get a better idea of ​​how quickly cases and deaths are rising by looking at how the numbers have changed over the last week rather than the past year.

If you’re looking at the death toll, keep in mind that these numbers change more slowly than the total number of cases. There can be a “lag” between an increase in cases and an increase in hospitalizations or deaths because it takes some time for people to get sick.

Will the CDC track the number of vaccines provided by states?

The CDC has a program called VTrckS that healthcare providers can use to order vaccines. This helps them track inventories and deliveries, but isn’t specific to those receiving the vaccine. According to the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Manual, a nationally coordinated effort is planned to track and analyze vaccine data.

The information in this article is current as of the date listed, which means that you may have updated information as you read this article. For the latest updates on COVID-19, visit our Coronavirus news page.