Covid in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count

50,000 cases
New cases
7-day average
Total reported On Sept. 18 14-day change
Cases 6.7 million 48,875 –3%
Deaths 198,475 946 –6%

Includes confirmed and probable cases where available. 14-day change trends use 7-day averages.

At least 946 new coronavirus deaths and 48,875 new cases were reported in the United States on Sept. 18. Over the past week, there have been an average of 40,283 cases per day, a decrease of 3 percent from the average two weeks earlier.

As of Saturday morning, more than 6,747,500 people in the United States have been infected with the coronavirus and at least 198,400 have died, according to a New York Times database.

Average daily cases per 100,000 people in the past week
Few or no cases
Share of population with a reported case
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Sources: State and local health agencies and hospitals. Population and demographic data from Census Bureau.
About this data The hot spots map shows the share of population with a new reported case over the last week. Parts of a county with a population density lower than 10 people per square mile are not shaded. Data for Rhode Island is shown at the state level because county level data is infrequently reported. For total cases and deaths: The map shows the known locations of coronavirus cases by county. Circles are sized by the number of people there who have tested positive or have a probable case of the virus, which may differ from where they contracted the illness. For per capita: Parts of a county with a population density lower than 10 people per square mile are not shaded.

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Case numbers remain persistently high across much of the country, though reports of new cases have dropped considerably since late July, when the country averaged well over 60,000 per day.

States in the Northeast, where infections were highest this spring, have reported relatively low case numbers for months. Some places that suffered the most in early summer, including Arizona, Florida and California, have since seen steep declines. But some of that progress has been offset by rising case numbers on the Great Plains and in some Southern states.

Deaths, though still well below their peak spring levels, averaged around 850 per day in mid September, far more than were reported in early July.

Where new cases are higher and staying high

States where new cases are higher had a daily average of at least 15 new cases per 100,000 people over the past week. Charts show daily cases per capita and are on the same scale. Tap a state to see detailed map page.

Where new cases are lower but going up

States where new cases are lower had a daily average of less than 15 new cases per 100,000 people over the past week. Charts show daily cases and are individually scaled to the maximum for each state. Tap a state to see detailed map page.

Where new deaths are increasing

Charts show daily deaths per capita and are on the same scale. States are sorted by deaths per capita for the most recent day. Tap a state to see detailed map page.

These states have had the highest growth in newly reported deaths over the last 14 days. Deaths tend to rise a few weeks after a rise in infections, as there is typically a delay between when people are infected, when they die and when deaths are reported. Some deaths reported in the last two weeks may have occurred much earlier because of these delays.

A year that started out normal — with packed sports arenas, busy airports and handshake-heavy political campaigning — quickly became defined by the pandemic.

In late February, there were just a few dozen known cases in the United States, most of them linked to travel. But by summer, the virus had torn through every state, infecting more people than the combined populations of Louisiana and Wyoming. The national death toll exceeded 195,000, more than the population of Mobile, Ala. And after glimmers of progress in the late spring, cases surged to new records in July.

Cases and deaths by state and county

This table is sorted by places with the most cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days. Charts are colored to reveal when outbreaks emerged.

Per 100,000 Total
Per 100,000 Cases
in last
7 days
Per 100,000 Deaths
in last
7 days
Per 100,000 Weekly cases per capita
Fewer More
+ North Dakota MAP » 17,233 2,261 187 25 2,546 334 20 2.6
March 1
Sept. 18
North Dakota heatmap
+ South Dakota MAP » 18,075 2,043 198 22 1,958 221 21 2.4
South Dakota heatmap
+ Wisconsin MAP » 103,211 1,773 1,247 21 11,539 198 41 0.7
Wisconsin heatmap
+ Missouri MAP » 112,291 1,830 1,886 31 11,236 183 105 1.7
Missouri heatmap
+ Oklahoma MAP » 74,567 1,884 939 24 6,925 175 51 1.3
Oklahoma heatmap
+ Iowa MAP » 78,839 2,499 1,264 40 5,440 172 48 1.5
Iowa heatmap
+ Arkansas MAP » 74,082 2,455 1,173 39 5,095 169 220 7.3
Arkansas heatmap
+ Utah MAP » 61,786 1,927 437 14 4,997 156 4 0.1
Utah heatmap
+ Tennessee MAP » 177,707 2,602 2,173 32 10,444 153 174 2.5
Tennessee heatmap
+ South Carolina MAP » 136,318 2,648 3,177 62 7,272 141 149 2.9
South Carolina heatmap
About this data Weekly cases per capita shows the share of population with a new reported case for each week. Weeks without a reported case are shaded gray. The table includes new cases and deaths that were reported in the last seven days.

American life has been fundamentally reordered because of the virus. Concerts, parades and high school football games continue to be called off. Countless people have found themselves jobless and struggling to afford housing. Many schools and colleges will hold few or no in-person classes this fall. More than 88,000 cases have been linked to colleges and universities over the course of the pandemic.

New reported cases by day in the United States

60,000 cases
New cases
7-day average
Note: The seven-day average is the average of a day and the previous six days of data.

New reported deaths by day in the United States

2,000 deaths
Many deaths from unspecified days
New deaths
7-day average
These are days with a data reporting anomaly. Read more here.

The New York Times has found that official tallies in the United States and in more than a dozen other countries have undercounted deaths during the coronavirus outbreak because of limited testing availability.

The New York Times is engaged in a comprehensive effort to track information on every coronavirus 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 Times has made that data public in hopes of helping researchers and policymakers as they seek to slow the pandemic and prevent future ones.

The Times’s data collection for this page is based on reports from state and local health agencies, a process that is unchanged by the Trump administration's requirement that hospitals bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all patient information to a central database in Washington.

The places hit hardest

The coronavirus has left no state unscathed. But its impact has been wildly uneven.

Officials in California, Florida and Texas, the states with the most known cases, have each identified more than 700,000 cases. In a few less populous states, including Vermont and Maine, there are fewer than 10,000 patients. And in a handful of remote counties, there has been not even one positive test.

The nation’s most populous places have all suffered tremendously. In Cook County, Ill., which includes Chicago, more than 5,000 people have died. In Los Angeles County, Calif., at least 255,000 people have had the virus, more than in most states. And in New York City, about one of every 360 residents has died.

But unlike in the early days of the pandemic, it is not so simple to say that big cities have been hit hardest. On a per capita basis, many of the places with the most cases have been small and mid-sized metros in the Southwest with large Native American or Hispanic populations. In Yuma County, Ariz., along the country’s border with Mexico, about one of every 17 residents is known to have had the virus. In McKinley County, N.M., which includes part of the hard-hit Navajo Nation, one of every 283 residents has died from Covid-19.

Hot spots: Counties with the highest number of recent cases per resident

County Total cases Per 100,000 Cases
in last
7 days
Per 100,000 Weekly cases per capita
Fewer More
Rosebud, Mont. 554 6,199 159 1,779
March 1
Sept. 18
Rosebud heatmap
Craig, Okla. 403 2,850 219 1,549
Craig heatmap
Emmons, N.D. 84 2,592 49 1,512
Emmons heatmap
East Feliciana, La. 1,713 8,952 195 1,019
East Feliciana heatmap
Stewart, Ga. 462 6,978 61 921
Stewart heatmap
Gregory, S.D. 85 2,031 37 884
Gregory heatmap
Lincoln, Ark. 1,886 14,481 112 860
Lincoln heatmap
Stark, N.D. 1,248 3,963 253 803
Stark heatmap
La Crosse, Wis. 2,510 2,127 936 793
La Crosse heatmap
Hughes, S.D. 290 1,655 137 782
Hughes heatmap
Note: Recent cases are from the last seven days.

Hundreds of thousands of cases traced to clusters

Coronavirus outbreaks have been traced to funerals, fast food restaurants, cruise ships and Navy vessels. But most of the biggest known clusters have been in nursing homes, food processing plants and correctional facilities, all places where people are packed in close quarters with little opportunity for social distancing.

Read more here about some of the country’s less-noticed coronavirus clusters.

Coronavirus cases have been reported in more than 19,000 nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to data collected by The New York Times from states, counties, the federal government and facilities themselves. More than 479,000 residents and employees have been infected in those homes, and more than 77,000 have died. That means more than 35 percent of deaths from the virus in the United States have been tied to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

We’re tracking the devastating effects of the coronavirus in more than 16,000 nursing homes across the country »

“This disease creates the potential for a perfect storm in a long-term care facility — large groups of vulnerable people living together and a highly transmissible virus that may not cause symptoms in those who care for them,” said Dr. Daniel Rusyniak, the chief medical officer for Indiana’s state social services agency.

In American jails and prisons, more than 200,400 people have been infected and at least 1,175 inmates and correctional officers have died. During interviews with dozens of inmates across the country, many said they were frightened and frustrated by what prison officials have acknowledged has been an uneven response to the virus.

“I am very concerned,” said Adamu Chan, an inmate at San Quentin State Prison in California, which has become one of the nation’s largest coronavirus clusters with more than 2,520 infections and 27 deaths. “There’s no way to social distance. We all eat together. We have a communal bathroom. There’s no way to address a public health issue in an overcrowded facility.”

Since March, The Times has sought information on clusters from state and county officials, as well as companies and facility operators. Of the thousands of clusters confirmed by reporters, The Times is publishing a list of groupings of 50 more cases linked to a specific site, workplace or event.

Cases connected to Cases
Avenal State Prison — Avenal, Calif. 2,529
San Quentin State Prison — San Quentin, Calif. 2,526
Marion Correctional Institution — Marion, Ohio 2,443
Pickaway Correctional Institution — Scioto Township, Ohio 1,795
Columbia Correctional Institution — Lake City, Fla. 1,457
North County jail — Castaic, Calif. 1,402
Seagoville federal prison — Seagoville, Texas 1,392
Trousdale Turner Correctional Center — Hartsville, Tenn. 1,385
California Institution for Men — Chino, Calif. 1,346
Ouachita River Unit prison — Malvern, Ark. 1,345

About the data

In data for the United States, The Times uses reports from state, county and regional health departments. Most governments update their data on a daily basis, and report cases and deaths based on an individual’s residence.

Not all governments report these the same way. The Times uses the total of confirmed and probable counts when they are available individually or combined. To see whether a state includes probable cases and deaths, visit the individual state pages listed at the bottom of this page.

The Times has identified the following reporting anomalies or methodology changes in the data:

June 25: New Jersey began reporting probable deaths.

June 30: New York City released deaths from earlier periods but did not specify when they were from.

July 27: Texas began reporting deaths based on death certificates, causing a one-day increase.

To see a detailed list of all reporting anomalies, visit the individual state pages listed at the bottom of this page.

The U.S. data includes cases and deaths that have been identified by public health officials as confirmed coronavirus patients, and also includes probable coronavirus cases and deaths when governments report them. Confirmed cases and deaths, which are widely considered to be an undercount of the true toll, are counts of individuals whose coronavirus infections were confirmed by a molecular laboratory test. Probable cases and deaths count individuals who meet criteria for other types of testing, symptoms and exposure, as developed by national and local governments.

Governments often revise data or report a single-day large increase in cases or deaths from unspecified days without historical revisions, which can cause an irregular pattern in the daily reported figures. The Times is excluding these anomalies from seven-day averages when possible.

Read more about the methodology and download county-level data for coronavirus cases in the United States from The New York Times on GitHub.