March 24, 2020

COVID-19: Cases surge past 44,000 in US

According to CDC's update at noon, March 24, the case count of COVID-19 in the US reported to CDC stands at 44,183* cases, including 544 deaths, in 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands) jurisdictions.

Breakdown of cases is as follows:

  • Travel-related : 479
  • Person-to-person spread: 569
  • Under investigation: 43,135

* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. 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.

Updates by the state health agencies are included below.

New York

In a press release on March 23, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo confirmed 5,707 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 20,875 confirmed cases in New York State. New York city accounted for 57% of the newly confirmed cases, reporting a total case count of 12,305 cases. Governor Cuomo noted that New York state is currently testing more than 16,000 people per day, and the total tested was up to 78,000, as of March 23.

The Governor also announced that the FDA has approved the use of a new experimental drug in New York on a compassionate care basis to help treat patients with COVID-19. The trial will use antibody injections to help stimulate and promote individuals' immune systems against the virus. The trial will start this week.

New Jersey

As of March 23, 2 p.m, the New Jersey department of Health has reportedan additional 930 new cases and 7 new deaths, bringing the total to 2,844 cases and 27 deaths of COVID-19. New Jersey now has the second highest case count in the US.

Bergen County remains the county with the highest number of cases at 609.

On March 23, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 109, directing the suspension of all elective surgeries and invasive procedures performed on adults that are scheduled to take place after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27.


According to the Washington State Department of Health, there were 2,221 cases and 110 deaths reported in the state as of March 23, 2020 at 3:07 p.m - an increase of 225 new cases and 15 new deaths from March 22. The State Department of Health noted that, as of March 23, the number of individuals tested for COVID-19 was 33,933 where 93% of these test results (31,712) were negative. King county remains the most affected county, reporting 1,170 cases and 87 deaths.


As of March 22, 2020, 2 p.m Pacific Daylight Time, there were a total of 1,733 positive cases and 27 deaths in California (including one non-California resident) - an increase of 265 cases from the preceding day (no new deaths were reported).

Ages of all confirmed positive cases:

  • Age 0-17: 25 cases
  • Age 18-49: 837 cases
  • Age 50-64: 442 cases
  • Age 65 and older: 415 cases
  • Unknown: 14 cases

Cases of positive tests related to federal repatriation flights: 24

Cases not related to repatriation flights: 1,709

States with case count in the range of 1000 to 1499 (as of March 23)

  • Michigan: On March 23, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) issued an emergency alert to advise Michigan residents of the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.
  • Illinois: The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced three new deaths in Cook County on March 23; the deceased were in their 80s and 90s.
  • Louisiana
  • Florida: Florida Department of Health announced one additional death in a Palm Beach County resident who tested positive for COVID-19.

States with case count in the range of 500 to 999 (as of March 23)

  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts: On March 23, Massachusetts Public Health Department reported four more deaths from COVID-19 in residents in their 70s to 80s, bringing the total number in the state to nine. All four were hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.
  • Colorado: State health department issued a public health order reducing in-person work and increasing social distancing on March 23.
  • Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 23, that there are 165 additional positive cases of COVID-19, and one new death in Montgomery County, bringing the statewide total to 644 in 34 counties.In addition, Governor Wolf and Health Secretary issued a ‘Stay at Home’ order on March 23 to 7 counties to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • Tennessee

States with case count in the range of 300 to 499 (as of March 23)

States with case count in the range of 100 to 299 (as of March 23)

  • South Carolina: South Carolina reported two additional COVID-19 related deaths on March 23. Both elderly patients were from Clarendon County and Kershaw County, and with underlying health conditions.
  • North Carolina
  • Maryland:On March 24, Governor Larry Hogan enacted an emergency order to authorize a fast-track process to bring more COVID-19 testing capacity online.
  • Indiana
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada: [The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services last updated the dashboard on March 20]. Meanwhile, on March 23, the Southern Nevada Health District announced two new deaths in residents in their 60s and 70s; both had underlying medical conditions.
  • Minnesota
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Alabama
  • Oregon
  • Missouri
  • Washington D.C.
  • Kentucky: On March 23, an announcement on new steps to protect Kentuckians from COVID-19 was made by Governor Andy Beshear; on top of that, he announced the death (fourth in state) of an 82-year-old Lexington woman with underlying health conditions. 
  • Maine
  • Rhode Island: On March 23, Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Dr. Alexander-Scott ordered 14 days self-quarantine for anyone returning to Rhode Island by plane (with the exception of public safety, health care professionals and pilots).
  • Iowa
  • New Hampshire: NHDHHS announced the state’s first death related to COVID-19 on March 23 in a resident of Hillsborough County in his 60s with multiple underlying health issues.

States with case count in the range of 50 to 99 (as of March 23)

States with case count in the range of 10 to 49 (as of March 23)

SOURCE: CDC; State Health Agencies
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