May 25, 2020

COVID-19: US case count rises by more than 26,000

According to CDC's update on May 24, the case count of COVID-19 in the US stands at 1,622,114* cases, including 97,049* 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 26,229 cases and 1,047 deaths compared to the update on May 23.

* 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

Numbers reported on Saturdays and Sundays are preliminary and not yet confirmed by state and territorial health departments. These numbers may be modified when numbers are updated on Mondays.

COVIDView update for Week 20, ending May 16, 2020

According to CDC's weekly COVIDView update, nationally, the percentages of laboratory specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 decreased compared to last week. While the number of specimens from children <18 years of age tested is low (<5% of all specimens tested in public health and commercial laboratories), the percentage of these testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 in this age group has either trended upward or remained relatively stable in recent weeks. Other age groups have seen declines in percent positivity during the same time period.

Nationally, visits to outpatient providers and emergency departments (EDs) for illnesses with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 continued to decline. Outpatient ILI visits are below baseline nationally and in all regions of the country. Nationwide during week 20, 2.5% of emergency department visits captured in National Syndromic Surveillance Program were due to COVID-19-like illness (CLI) and 0.8% were due to influenza-like illness (ILI). This is the eighth week of decline in percentage of visits for ILI and the sixth week of declining percentage of visits for CLI.

A total of 22,060 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19-associated hospitalizations were reported by sites between March 1, 2020, and May 16, 2020. The overall cumulative COVID-19 associated hospitalization rate is 67.9 per 100,000, with the highest rates in people 65 years of age and older (214.4 per 100,000) followed by people 50-64 years (105.9 per 100,000). Hospitalization rates are cumulative and will increase as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

  • Hospitalization rates for COVID-19 in adults (18-64 years) are higher than hospitalization rates for influenza at comparable time points** during the past 5 influenza seasons.
  • For people 65 years and older, current COVID-19 hospitalization rates are within ranges of influenza hospitalization rates observed at comparable time points* during recent influenza seasons.
  • For children (0-17 years), COVID-19 hospitalization rates are much lower than influenza hospitalization rates at comparable time points** during recent influenza seasons.

Based on death certificate data, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC) decreased from 18.5% during week 19 to 12.0% during week 20 but remained above baseline. This is the fourth week during which a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC has been recorded, but the percentage remains high compared with any influenza season. The percentage may change as additional death certificates for deaths during recent weeks are processed.

**Number of weeks since 10% of specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and influenza, respectively.

Updates from state health departments

New York

According to the New York State Department of Health update on May 24, there were 361,515 cases and 23,391 deaths of COVID-19 reported in the state.

The case count in New York city stood at 198,123, accounting for 55% of the total case count in the state.

New Jersey

As of May 24, there have been 154,154 cases of COVID-19 and 11,133 deaths reported in the state.


On May 24, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 2,508 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 67 additional deaths

  • Coles County – 1 female 60s, 1 female 90s
  • Cook County – 1 female 20s, 2 males 30s, 1 female 50s, 5 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 9 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 9 males 70s, 11 females 80s, 6 males 80s, 7 females 90s, 3 males 90s
  • DuPage County – 1 female 60s
  • Macon County – 1 male 60s
  • Madison County – 1 unknown 80s
  • McLean County – 1 male 80s
  • St. Clair County - 1 female 80s
  • Winnebago County – 1 female 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 110,304 cases, including 4,856 deaths, in 100 counties in Illinois.


According to the California Department of Public Health, as of May 24, there were 92,710 positive cases and 3,774 deaths in California. Los Angeles county remains the county with the highest number of cases in the state with 44,029 cases and 2,090 deaths - accounting for 47% and 55% of the statewide total cases and deaths respectively.


According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), there were 92,675 cases and 6,372 deaths reported in the state as of May 24.

There were 2,169 cases being hospitalized and 558 were in ICU.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12:00 a.m, May 24, that there were 730 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 67,713. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

There were 5,124 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 28 new deaths.


As of May 24, there were 55,348 cases and 1,519 deaths of COVID-19 reported in Texas. Cases were reported in 227 counties out of 254 counties in the state.

States with case count in the range of 20000 to 54999 (as of May 24)

States with case count in the range of 10000 to 19999 (as of May 24)

States with case count in the range of 6000 to 9999 (as of May 24)

States with case count in the range of 3000 to 5999 (as of May 24)

States with case count in the range of 1000 to 2999 (as of May 24)

States with case count in the range of 100 to 999 (as of May 24)

States with case count in the range of 1 to 99 (as of May 24)

SOURCE: CDC; State Health Agencies