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Overview of United States COVID-19 Cases, March 5, 2020

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  • Overview of United States COVID-19 Cases, March 5, 2020

    Through today, there are a total of 166 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in the United States excluding three cases confirmed in Wuhan China and 46 confirmed evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

    Because the CDC is understaffed, they have failed to provide detailed public updates of the current status of COVID infections around the country. The CDC specifically states “In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.” The information presented here is derived from reports by local public health officials and new reports compiled by the ever diligent members of FluTrackers.

    Because of HIPAA laws specific case detailed are not publicly available. In fact, there are reports that medical professionals have been restricted from obtaining cases details to help them better understand how to identify the disease and its effects on the human body.

    The following information on the cases in the United States is derived from publicly available information as of March 5, 2020. Not all cases have information relating to sex or age, although the county location of most cases has been identified. Among the 75 cases where the sex of the individual was reported, 41 (55%) are male, and 34 (45%) are female. Most of the cases with reported age fall within the age range of 50 to 80 years old.

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    Twelve of the cases have died, the youngest was a male in his 40s who was also a teacher in Washington state. At least six of the reported cases are healthcare workers.

    The map below shows the number of confirmed and presumptive cases in each of the state reporting coronavirus cases as of March 5, 2020.

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    The map below shows the distribution of counties across the United States that have reported local cases as of March 5, 2020.

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    We are now at a tipping point in the outbreak in the United States. Today King County in Washington state quit reporting individual cases and is now reporting cases in aggregate, 20 more today. In New York, an additional 8 cases were reported in aggregate from Westchester County. Within the next 24 to 48 hours, many more cases will be reported in aggregate counts. The long-awaited distribution of test kits will also quickly inflate the number of newly reported cases. Hopefully, the CDC will soon return to its role of providing accurate information about the number of and geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases in the United States.

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    Thanks Al - this is a useful resource for US cases - A Chinese website, bu with sources for each data point -
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