May 19, 2020

COVID-19: US case count increases by more than 13,000

According to CDC's update on May 18, the case count of COVID-19 in the US stands at 1,480,349* cases, including 89,407* 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 13,284 cases and 698 deaths compared to the update on May 17.

* 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 18, there were 351,371 cases and 22,729 deaths of COVID-19 reported in the state - an increase of 1,250 cases and 110 deaths from the preceding day.

New York City accounted for 51% of those additional cases with 637 new cases reported on May 18, bringing the city's total to 193,230 cases.

New Jersey

As of May 18, there have been 148,039 cases of COVID-19 and 10,435 deaths reported in the state. This represents an increase of 1,705 cases and 79 deaths from May 17.

There were 3,481 people being hospitalized where 789 (23%) were on ventilators and 977 (28%) under critical/intensive care.

Meanwhile, at the press briefing on May 18, Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli updated that there were 11 cases in the state which met the definition of multi-system pediatric inflammatory syndrome. Cases aged between 3 and 18 years old. Nine cases have reported to be positive for COVID-19.


On May 18, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 2,294 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 59 additional deaths.

  • Coles County: 1 female 90s
  • Cook County: 3 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 7 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 8 males 70s, 1 unknown 70s, 1 female 80s, 10 males 80s, 1 unknown 80s, 2 females 90s, 3 males 90s, 1 unknown 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 80s
  • Kane County: 1 male 80s
  • Kendall County: 1 female 90s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 70s
  • Will County: 1 male 50s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 96,485 cases, including 4,234 deaths, in 100 counties in Illinois.


According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), there were 1,042 new cases and 65 new deaths reported in the state on May 18, bringing the statewide total to 87,052 cases and 5,862 deaths. There were 2,533 cases being hospitalized and there were 674 (27%) cases currently in intensive care unit.


As of May 17, there were 80,430 positive cases and 3,302 deaths reported in California. This represents an increase of 1,591 cases and 41 deaths compared to the preceding day.

Of those new cases and new deaths, 644 (40%) new cases and 28 (68%) new deaths were reported in Los Angeles County. This brings the total in the county to 37,996 cases and 1,821 deaths.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12:00 a.m, May 18, that there were 822 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 63,056. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

There are 4,505 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 87 new deaths.


Michigan reported an additional 773 cases and 24 deaths, as of May 18, bringing the statewide total to 51,915 cases and 4,915 deaths.

States with case count in the range of 20000 to 49999 (as of May 18)

  • Texas
  • Florida: Florida Department of Health on May 18 announced 24 additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,997. The deceased were from Brevard, Broward, Dade, Hillsborough, Lee, Pinellas, Polk and Walton Counties.
  • Maryland
  • Georgia
  • Connecticut
  • Louisiana
  • Virginia
  • Ohio
  • Indiana: The Indiana State Department of Health updated that a total of 1,621 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in the state (14 additional deaths compared to the previous day) with 144 probable deaths on May 18.
  • Colorado

States with case count in the range of 10000 to 19999 (as of May 18)

States with case count in the range of 6000 to 9999 (as of May 18)

  • South Carolina: On May 18, the local health department announced 6 additional deaths in 4 elderly individuals in Charleston (1), Clarendon (1), Lexington (1), and Williamsburg (1) Counties, and two middle-aged individuals in Clarendon (1) and Florence (1) Counties, bringing current fatalities to 391.
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky: Governor Beshear on May 18 updated that 12 new deaths were reported in the state in the span of two days - 5 men and 7 women aged 50 to 102 from Jefferson County. The statewide death toll is now 346.
  • Delaware: Public Health announced 7 additional deaths in three women and four men aged 60 to 89 from New Castle and Sussex Counties. Most of the deceased had underlying health conditions and three of them were residents of long-term care facilities. The current death toll is now 297. 
  • Utah
  • Washington D.C: The District reported 9 additional COVID-19 related deaths in four women in their 70s-90s and five men in their 40s-90s on May 18; the total fatalities are now 392.
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico: The Department of Health on May 18 reported 5 additional deaths in New Mexico, bringing the death toll to 270. The deceased were a woman in her 30s from San Juan County and four men in their 60s-80s from Bernalillo, McKinley, and San Juan Counties. 

States with case count in the range of 3000 to 5999 (as of May 18)

States with case count in the range of 1000 to 2999 (as of May 18)

  • Puerto Rico
  • Idaho
  • North Dakota: Local health department reported an additional death in a woman in her 90s with underlying health conditions from Ramsey County on May 18.
  • Maine
  • West Virginia: DHHR confirmed an additional COVID-19 related death in an 86-year-old female from Kanawha County on May 18, bringing total fatalities to 68.

States with case count in the range of 100 to 999 (as of May 18)

States with case count in the range of 1 to 99 (as of May 18)

SOURCE: CDC; State Health Agencies