May 6, 2020

COVID-19: Close to 20,000 new cases reported in US

According to CDC's update on May 5, the case count of COVID-19 in the US stands at 1,171,510* cases, including 68,279* deaths, in 55 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas, and US Virgin Islands) jurisdictions. The CDC noted that this represents an increase of 19,138 cases and 823 deaths compared to the update on May 4.

* As of April 14, 2020, CDC case counts and death counts include both confirmed and probable cases and deaths. This change was made to reflect an interim COVID-19 position statement issued by the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists on April 5, 2020. The position statement included a case definition and made COVID-19 a nationally notifiable disease.

A confirmed case or death is defined by meeting confirmatory laboratory evidence for COVID-19.

A probable case or death is defined by one of the following:

  • Meeting clinical criteria AND epidemiologic evidence with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for COVID-19
  • Meeting presumptive laboratory evidence AND either clinical criteria OR epidemiologic evidence
  • Meeting vital records criteria with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for COVID19

Updates from state health departments are as follows.

New York

According to the New York State Department of Health update on May 5, there were 321,192 cases and 19,645 deaths of COVID-19 reported in the state - an increase of 2,239 cases and 230 deaths from the preceding day.

New York City accounted for 55% of those additional cases with 1,223 new cases reported on May 5, bringing the city's total to 176,874 cases.

New Jersey

As of May 5, there have been 130,593 cases of COVID-19 and 8,244 deaths reported in the state. This represents an increase of 2,324 cases and 334 deaths from May 4.

There were 5,221 people being hospitalized where 1,146 (22%) were on ventilators and 1,549 (30%) under critical/intensive care.


According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), there were 1,184 new cases and 122 new deaths reported in the state on May 5, bringing the statewide total to 70,271 cases and 4,212 deaths. There were 3,542 cases being hospitalized and there were 914 (26%) cases currently in intensive care unit.


On May 5, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 2,122 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 176 additional deaths.

  • Bureau County: 1 male 90s
  • Clinton County: 2 female 80s
  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 40s, 4 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 6 males 50s, 8 females 60s, 20 males 60s, 5 females 70s, 17 males 70s, 18 females 80s, 15 males 80s, 11 females 90s, 8 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 2 males 50s, 2 males 60s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 4 females 90s
  • Kane County: 1 male 40s, 2 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 90s
  • Kendall County: 3 females 80s
  • Lake County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 90s
  • Macoupin County: 1 female 40s
  • Madison County: 1 female 80s
  • McDonough County: 1 female 90s
  • McHenry County: 2 females 90s
  • Randolph County: 1 male 60s
  • Rock Island County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 90s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 60s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Union County: 1 male 80s
  • Will County: 2 females 70s, 3 females 80s, 5 females 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 65,962 cases, including 2,838 deaths, in 97 counties in Illinois.


As of May 4, there were 56,212 positive cases and 2,317 deaths reported in California. This represents an increase of 1,275 cases and 63 deaths compared to the preceding day.

According to the California Department of Public Health, as of May 4, local health departments have reported 6,167 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 33 deaths statewide.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 5, that there were 865 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 50,957. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

According to the department of health, the state is reporting an increase of 554 new deaths on May 5 (as the department reconciled data from various sources), bringing the statewide total to 3,012 deaths in Pennsylvania. These [additional] deaths have occurred over the past two weeks.


Michigan reported an additional 447 cases and 44 deaths, as of May 5, 10 a.m, bringing the statewide total to 44,397 cases and 4,179 deaths.

States with case count in the range of 10000 to 39999 (as of May 5)

  • Florida: On May 5, the Florida Department of Health updated 72 additional COVID-19 related deaths in Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Dade, Escambia, Flagler, Hendry, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Suwannee and Volusia Counties, bringing the death toll to 1,471 deaths.
  • Texas
  • Connecticut
  • Louisiana
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • Indiana: On May 5, the Indiana State Department of Health reported a total of 1,213 deaths (an increase of 62 from the previous day) and 113 probable deaths related to COVID-19. 
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
  • Colorado
  • Washington: Governor Inslee announced the extension of 12 proclamations in response to COVID-19 pandemic on May 5.
  • Tennessee
  • North Carolina: According to a statement by NCDHHS on May 5, more than half (51.1%) of North Carolina adults are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 because they are 65 or older, have at least one underlying health condition or both.
  • Iowa: IDPH on May 5 reported 19 additional deaths in an adult (18-40 years) from Polk County, two middle-aged adults (41-60 years) from Black Hawk and Linn Counties, eight older adults (61-80 years) from Allamakee, Black Hawk, Dallas and Linn Counties, and eight elderly adults (81+) from Black Hawk, Dallas, Jasper, Polk, Tama and Woodbury Counties. IDPH also reported that 407 are currently hospitalized, and 3,572 Iowans have recovered.

States with case count in the range of 6000 to 9999 (as of May 5)

  • Rhode Island: RIDOH announced 14 additional COVID-19 associated fatalities on May 5, bringing the total fatalities to 355.
  • Arizona
  • Missouri
  • Wisconsin
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Minnesota
  • South Carolina: On May 5, DHEC reported 13 additional COVID-19 related deaths in 12 elderly individuals in Beaufort (1), Berkeley (3), Charleston (1), Richland (5), Williamsburg (1), and York (1) Counties, and a middle-aged individual from Florence County. This brings the statewide total to 296.
  • Nebraska: Four additional deaths related to COVID-19 were reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services on May 5. The deceased were from Hall and Adams Counties.

States with case count in the range of 3000 to 5999 (as of May 5)

  • Kentucky
  • Nevada
  • Kansas
  • Utah
  • Delaware: On May 5, Delaware Public Health announced five additional deaths related to COVID-19 in three women and two men aged 48 to 101 from New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties. Four individuals had underlying health conditions. Total fatalities in the state are 187.
  • Washington D.C.: The District on May 5 reported six additional COVID-19 deaths in two women in their 70s, and four men in their 50s to 90s, bringing the total to 264 deaths. 
  • New Mexico: Six additional deaths related to COVID-19 were reported on May 5 - the deceased were two women and four men in their 50s-90s from Bernalillo, McKinley, and San Juan Counties. Most of the deceased had underlying medical conditions and were hospitalized. Total fatalities in New Mexico are now 162. 
  • Oklahoma
  • Arkansas

States with case count in the range of 1000 to 2999 (as of May 5)

  • Oregon: Oregon reported four new deaths in four men in their 70s-80s from Multnomah and Washington Counties; most of them had underlying medical conditions. The state’s current death toll is 113.
  • South Dakota
  • New Hampshire: DHHS announced six additional deaths related to COVID-19 in a man below 60 years old from Hillsborough County, as well as four women and a man above 60 years of age from Hillsborough, Rockingham and Strafford Counties, bringing the state’s death toll to 92.
  • Idaho
  • Puerto Rico: Local health department announced two additional deaths related to COVID-19 on the island on May 5.
  • North Dakota
  • West Virginia
  • Maine

States with case count in the range of 100 to 999 (as of May 5)

States with case count in the range of 1 to 99 (as of May 5)

SOURCE: CDC; State Health Agencies