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Case Numbers for COVID-19 Coronavirus in the United States (KFF) Editor's Pick

Discover the COVID-19 case count numbers by state, and total for the United States. This quick summary table by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) shows number of coronavirus cases and deaths by state. Updated at least daily in 2021. As of January 14, the top five states for recent daily Covid cases per million population were Arizona, California, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Arkansas. Top five states for total deaths are New York, California, Texas, Florida, and New Jersey. Select data table. Overall about 748,000 hospitalizations reported to date, with 131,326 currently in-hospital. Not all states are reporting hospitalizations – 14 states and DC do not report. Deaths in long term care facilities (nursing homes and assisted living facilities) represented 38% of total deaths, and nearly 1,102,000 cases. In New Hampshire and Kentucky, the long term care share of deaths was 70% to 80%. Total long term care deaths in the states and DC topped 131,000 (data as of Jan. 5). Tests per 1,000 population by state, can be found here.

CDC Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 Editor's Pick

CDC (Centers for Disease Control), our US health authority, provides valuable information on the coronavirus disease, COVID-19. Find out what you should know to protect yourself, get situation updates, read information about travel and social gatherings. Read explanations of what the general public should be doing right now: washing your hands, avoid touching your face, maintain a six-foot distance between people, wear a cloth face covering in public, cover your cough, clean and disinfect surfaces, and monitor your own health – making sure you don’t go out if you have any symptoms. CDC is also an authority for healthcare professionals. The virus that causes COVID-19 is  named SARS-CoV-2, for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. This new virus was formerly known as 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

CDC Vaccine Doses Distributed vs Received (shots in the arm), COVID-19

CDC reports the overall Covid-19 vaccine doses that are actually administered (shots in the arm) or received by people, compared to the number of doses distributed (shipped). As of the morning of Jan. 15, 2021, nearly 4 in 10 (39%) of distributed doses had been given as shots in the arm: 12.3 million of 31.2 million doses. Both Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are counted. Long-term care vaccines administered (included in the total) rose to 1.4 million. Vaccination rollout to individuals in Phase 1a (healthcare workers and long-term care residents) continues to be slower than expected. Instead of the 1 million doses per day (vaccinations) expected in December, the rate to date averaged about 384,000 shots per day. However, the number of doses given since yesterday’s report appears to be 1,130,000 – over one million for the first time. ACIP estimates there 24 million persons in Phase 1a. Consequently, it appears sufficient doses have already been delivered to reach everyone in group 1a with the 1st dose. Approximately 1.6 people are reported as receiving both doses. Both vaccine and ancillary kits (syringes, etc.) are shipped. UPS, FedEx and McKesson are the national distributors.

Coronavirus Tracker for COVID-19 Cases: Johns Hopkins Map Editor's Pick

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracker maps confirmed COVID-19 cases across the globe. The dashboard shows number of cases, deaths and numbers who have recovered from the coronavirus pandemic that started in late 2019. As of Jan. 15, 2021, 3:22pm, 93.6 million coronavirus COVID-19 cases have been confirmed worldwide, continuing its rise. Friday’s cumulative confirmed cases in the US reached 23.5 million, up 253,000 since yesterday afternoon. A (revised) record of 302,506 daily cases in the US was reached January 2, 2021. There are 10.5 million cases in India (2nd highest in the world; total 152,000 deaths); 8.3 million in Brazil (3rd in the world, 207,000 deaths); and 3.5 million in Russia. Also over 2 million cases are the United Kingdom (3,226,000; 87,000 deaths), France, Turkey, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Nearby, Mexico has 1,588,000 cases, 138,000 deaths. Canada is approaching 700,000, with 699,000 cases, and 18,000 deaths.

There were a milestone 2,004,000 COVID-19 deaths reported worldwide. The US reports the world’s highest death toll, 391,098 deaths as of January 15. Italy led the list of the most Covid deaths of any country from March 19 through April 10. Beginning April 11, the US has led the world in number of deaths due to COVID-19, and exceeded 100,000 deaths on May 27. The US reached 200,000 deaths by Sept. 22, 300,000 on Dec. 14, and 350,000 deaths on January 2, 2021. We should expect US deaths to rise as hospitalizations continue and the number of US cases continues to accelerate. While the US death rate has slowed considerably since the early months, daily deaths (4,462) on January 12 were the highest ever. Nearly 12,400 people died in 3 days from Covid in the US on Jan. 12-14, 2021. The US is at 119 deaths per 100,000, with a case fatality rate of 1.7%. Brazil has the second largest number of reported deaths, with about 99 deaths per 100,000 population, and a case fatality rate (CFR) of 2.5%. India’s CFR is 1.4%. Over 50 million people are listed as recovered worldwide, excluding the US.

Growth of coronavirus spread: Since March 26, the United States has lead the world in number of confirmed cases, topping 1 million cases on April 28. US daily cases rose from about June 18 through July 16, after being fairly flat for about 4 weeks after the exceptional first wave in the New York area. The US hit the 6 million mark on August 31, less than 6 months after the pandemic was declared. Daily case counts that declined after a mid-July peak, stagnated by mid-August. From early September, there was a steady rise in cases to record levels, to 10 million on November 9. The US President Trump reported testing positive for the coronavirus on (or before) Oct. 1, followed closely by family members and friends. Cases have since accelerated to reach 20 million on January 1. Numbers of tests in the US for presence of the virus that causes COVID-19 have exceeded 270 million.

Worldwide, the 1 million mark in global cases was hit on April 2. The world hit the 10 million mark in cases on June 28, adding an average of 1 million cases per week. The spread accelerated worldwide. The 20 million mark was hit on August 10. As the world hit 30 million cases Sept. 17, 2 million cases were added every week. The pace reached 40 million on October 19, 2020, and 80 million on Dec. 26. Five (5) million cases were added in the past week. By September 28, 1 million Covid deaths occurred worldwide. Coronavirus disease is named COVID-19. This tracking tool provides a quick snapshot of how the COVID-19 disease caused by Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (formerly called 2019-nCoV) is spreading.

Covid Tracking Project – the Atlantic Editor's Pick

The COVID Tracking Project is a volunteer organization launched from The Atlantic and dedicated to collecting and publishing the data on the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Easy to read charts show daily trends in cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and testing. Shows whether cases or deaths are going up or going down in each state. Cases have been rising since early September. Hospitalizations in the US have been rising since September 20. Thankfully, the site does not show the cumulative case chart (which ALWAYS goes up, and can be misleading in understanding trends. Website also shows how many have recovered. Updated daily. Very helpful website.

FDA Updates on Coronavirus Disease COVID-19

The FDA, the federal Food and Drug Agency, provides updates on COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus. The FDA regulates lab testing, drugs requiring approval, medical devices (like N95s) and vaccine products. They post regular updates, sometimes multiple times per day. In addition, the FDA has listed a few of the likely many fraudulent products with claims to prevent, treat, mitigate, diagnose or cure coronavirus disease.

Health Insurance Resources on Coronavirus COVID-19 – AHIP

If you’re wondering about what health insurance companies are doing about Coronavirus and COVID-19 coverage, this website by AHIP – America’s Health Insurance Plans – tracks health plan resources, actions, and news.  Search by the company’s name – such as Aetna, CVS Health, Anthem, Centene, Cigna, Blue Cross, Humana, Molina, UnitedHealth, WellCare. Smaller regional plans such as Harvard Pilgrim, Dean, Avera, Kaiser, Magellan, Medica, Peach State, Sanford, Sharp, Sutter, are also listed. Health insurance companies may explain Covid test coverage policies, cost-sharing, telemedicine visits, and treatment copays for commercial plans, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid. Insurance is regulated on a state-by-state basis, except for traditional Medicare. Updated January 2021.

How Risky is it to Attend a Group Event during Covid Spread? Editor's Pick

How risky is it to attend a group event (of any size) while COVID-19 is still spreading? This new tool from Georgia Tech lets you check any county in the US. The risk level is the estimated chance (0-100%) that at least 1 COVID-19 positive individual will be present at an event in a county, given the size of the event. You can check any group size from as few as 10 people, to 10,000 people. Adjust the default level of 100. The tool uses real-time COVID19 data from the COVID Tracking Project. County-level risk assessment was added to the COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool in July 2020.

Resources on Coronavirus for US Hospitals – AHA

Numerous resources about handling coronavirus (COVID-19) cases for US hospitals, from the American Hospital Association (AHA).

What’s your local risk of Covid and Flu, by Zip Code?

Put in your zip code to see what the latest risk is for COVID and Flu. Site by Kinsa HealthWeather uses Johns Hopkins data and other modeling. Easy to use. Updated nightly.

World Health Organization (WHO) Situation Reports: Coronavirus

Track the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with daily situation reports by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Other Helpful Listings

American Lung Association (

American Lung Association ( site includes extensive references for chronic lung disease such as asthma, COPD emphysema and chronic bronchitis, as well as lung cancer, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and other factors, such as smoking, that affect the lungs. Special feature on e-cigarettes and vaping. The organization also maintains a HelpLine staffed by Registered Nurses and Registered Respiratory Therapists to answer your lung health questions at 1-800-LUNGUSA (or 800-548-8252). Or submit a question via online chat to the ALA. Regarding Covid, here’s what the Association says: “There is currently no specific treatment other than supportive care available. The majority of people recover from COVID-19 within a few weeks, but it can be life-threatening. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.”

Covid 19 Surge Capacity: Converting Hotels for Coronavirus Patients (ASHE)

Surge capacity resource for hospitals looking at converting hotels in order to serve more coronavirus COVID-19 patients. Prepared by ASHE, the American Society for Health Care Engineering, through the American Hospital Association. This “COVID-19 Response Concept Study” identifies the types of patients suitable to this setting. It lays out a 10 to 14-day timeline to take advantage of hotel ballroom space for patient wards and guest rooms for for patients or staff. Conference rooms and meeting spaces become medication areas, mini-labs,  nursing support and command center. Paper records may get chosen in lieu of unfamiliar (or impractical, given the timing) electronic record systems. This short resource guide covers a wide spectrum of dimensions. Excellent overview.

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care highlights the wide variations in how health care is delivered across the United States. The project is run by Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School. Online tool provides comparisons by geographic region (state, HSAs-Hospital Service Areas, or HRR-Hospital Referral Region) for Medicare healthcare use (data through 2015). While the tool is relatively easy to use, the conceptual understanding of the reports requires technical sophistication. In 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days is shown for each region. A timelapse map of the growth in COVID cases in the US, total  cases and deaths are also shown by region.

Factors Expected to Impact Health Insurance Premiums 2021 – AHIP

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) identifies factors that are expected to impact premium costs for individual plans in the Health Insurance marketplace for 2021. AHIP did not project increases for 2021. Instead, they identified aspects of COVID costs – such as testing, treatment, vaccine availability, how long the outbreak and pandemic lasts, how many people get sick, etc. Overall, there has been a large delay in “regular” care, which lowers insurance company costs. Some of that care is foregone, some will happen later, if there is capacity in healthcare systems to deliver it. For most insurance companies, 2020 is likely to be a profitable year. What happens in 2021 is yet to be seen. Published May 2020.

Hand Washing Hand Hygiene Video (one minute) Editor's Pick

Hand Washing, Hand Hygiene video by the CDC. Take one minute to view the online youtube video for proper handwashing technique and guidelines to help prevent infections. CDC epidemiologist presents the basics – really fast. People often miss washing the thumb and index finger, as well as the finger tips on both hands. Plan to wash and scrub for 20 seconds, about as long as it takes to hum your favorite school fight song.

Travel and Health | CDC

Extensive site by the CDC that covers travel injuries and illnesses abroad, vaccinations, health warnings and precautions, cruise ship and air travel, advice for pregnant women. See travel notices for COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic. While CDC does not generally issue advisories for domestic travel, it has written recommendations for travel inside the US. The website allows search by international destination location. Useful for missions and disaster relief, as well as avoiding unnecessary travel. Sections for Cholera, Coronavirus, Ebola, Measles, Polio, Yellow Fever, Zika and any new outbreaks CDC is monitoring

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