COVID-19: How to follow state-by-state statistical updates in the USA

We are in a time of information overload. Statistics are referred to around the COVID-19 outbreak, highlighting what may be of interest on any given day. New data and ways of looking at it change daily, which can be confusing. Social media sharing of popular stories only contributes to the chaos, as those articles can live longer in the Facebook and Instagram news feeds based on popularity. Because the news changes rapidly with COVID-19, we have compiled some resources for you to get updates as timely as possible.

COVID-19 information from the federal government

For general information on how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you are sick, the federal government has created the website.

Screenshot from the website.

For a high-level picture of statistical information by state, the federal government refers to the CDC’s website.

Screenshot from the CDC website on March 31, 2020.

Department of Health websites by state for COVID-19 daily statistical updates

Every state in the US has a Department of Health website. Each of those sites has a section on COVID-19 to report its state’s statistics. Some are more robust in the reporting than others with details by county or other demographics. The sites are not consistent from state to state, so it is important to read the information on what each chart means before you try to interpret the data.

The following chart links directly to each state’s department of health website where they are reporting daily statistical updates. The District of Columbia health department has its own site as well.

MontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew Jersey
New MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhio
OklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth Carolina
South DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermont
VirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

The Weather Channel has an interactive incidents map for the USA

Broken down by county within each state, The Weather Channel has started providing statistics on an interactive map of how many people have tested positive and how many deaths there are. In this screenshot, we have zoomed in on New York County, NY, US to reveal that there have been 6,446 confirmed cases and 119 deaths as of March 31, 2020.

Screenshot from The Weather Channel’s website on March 31, 2020.

Projections by state from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has a web page dedicated to showing by-state projections with the following stats reported:

  • Days until peak cases are expected
  • Hospital beds needed and shortage
  • ICU beds needed and shortage
  • Invasive ventilators needed

In this screenshot, the peak for the US is predicted to be on April 15 with 2,214 deaths estimated for that day alone. When you click on the dropdown arrow in the green section, you can select each state to see its charts and estimates.

Screenshot from IHME website on March 31, 2020.

The following chart from IHME represents the total number of expected deaths in the United States by August 4, 2020. The dotted line represents the best estimate as of March 31, 2020. The yellow area behind the dotted line represents the potential range of the number of deaths expected. Based on this chart, the high-end estimate appears to be just over 150,000 deaths, and the low-end estimate is just under 40,000.

Screenshot from IHME website on March 31, 2020.

Read Also: COVID-19: Analyzing the Potential Healthcare Shortage in Your Neighborhood [Opinion]

Data roll-up from the NY Times

The NY Times has created a page on their site that keeps an account of cases around the USA by state and county with data from GitHub. Highlights of outbreaks around the country and challenges related to jails, area hot spots, nursing homes, and more are shown.

This chart gives a graphic representation of current cases across the country as of March 31, 2020 using the by-county data from GitHub.

Screenshot from the NY Times as of March 31, 2020.

Press conference from Gov. Cuomo of New York

New York has the largest COVID-19 outbreak currently in the US. Here is the latest press conference from Gov. Cuomo on March 31, 2020.

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