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Coronavirus in the US: Map, case counts and news

A novel coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 has spread to all continents except Antarctica, with the first U.S. case involving a 35-year-old man who had traveled to Wuhan, China, before returning to Washington State. He was confirmed to have the virus on Jan. 20, 2020. Since then, the virus (which causes the disease COVID-19) has spread to almost every state, with new cases emerging every day. 

With West Virginia reporting its first case Tuesday (March 17), the virus has now hit all 50 U.S. states. About 6,362 people in the U.S. have been confirmed to have the virus, though many other cases may be undetected. Of those reported cases, 108 people have died, with 55 deaths in Washington, 13 in New York, 12 in California, 6 in Florida, 4 in Louisiana, 3 deaths in New Jersey, 2 deaths each in Colorado, Indiana and Virginia, and 1 death each in Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas. (Globally, about 204,264 cases have been confirmed, with 7,940 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins dashboard.) 

[Live Science is tracking case counts and relevant news from each U.S. state. Click on your state in the list below for more information.]

The virus is profoundly reshaping American life. States across the country have banned large gatherings. Soccer games, concerts and conferences are canceled. Six Bay area counties in California announced a “shelter in place” order Monday (March 16) that will impact about 6.7 million people, who will be directed to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible beginning at 12:01 a.m. local time Tuesday (March 17) and lasting for the following three weeks, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Those counties include: San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda. Those who violate the “directive” could face misdemeanor fines, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said at a Monday news conference; though officials emphasized enforcement would be their final option only if other methods failed. This is not a full lockdown that would actually forbid those individuals from leaving their homes; people will be allowed to go to grocery stores, gas stations, drug stores and pharmacies. Restaurants and bars will be allowed to provide takeout and delivery only. And people will be able to walk outside, provided they stay 6 feet (1.8 meters) away from others.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday (March 17) that he is considering such a shelter-in-place order for the city. 

Nursing homes and hospitals are banning visitors, to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Airports are in pandemonium after enhanced screening measures for those returning from Europe went into effect. More than 30 states have closed all public schools for weeks. Hospitals are preparing for a tsunami of patients, canceling elective procedures, repurposing their facilities for coronavirus patients, and adding extra beds. And the specter of COVID-19 finally reached the White House; President Donald Trump was tested after he had contact with a confirmed positive case. He tested negative.

Related: Coronavirus resources: US state and local health departments

Late Friday (March 13), Congress passed a bill meant to help those who have been affected by coronavirus. The bill expands access to free testing, expands sick leave for those who are most vulnerable, and provides food aid. Trump also declared a national emergency. And on Tuesday (March 17) Trump said he is requesting $850 billion in emergency stimulus help slow the freefall of the economy due to coronavirus, the Washington Post reported.

On Monday (March 16), Trump recommended that people work from home, stay out of school, avoid restaurants, bars and avoid all gatherings of more than 10 people, though he kept short of enforcing it. The president has also suspended all travel from Europe to the U.S. for the next 30 days. 

Though there are nearly 5,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., the true number of cases could be higher. As of March 13, Trevor Bedford, a computational biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, estimated there were between 10,000 and 40,000 cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and would be more now. (That number is based on rough estimates and has not been through peer review.) 

The spread of the new coronavirus could be picking up steam in the U.S., as more people in regions highly impacted by the virus (such as the Pacific Northwest) are reporting what are called influenza-like illnesses (ILIs), or those cases that include a fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius), in addition to a cough or sore throat. Since these individuals are testing negative for influenza, they could instead have COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, Live Science reported March 15. source, livescience.com

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