May 20, 2020

COVID-19: US confirms close to 25,000 additional cases

According to CDC's update on May 19, the case count of COVID-19 in the US stands at 1,504,830* cases, including 90,340* 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 24,481 cases and 933 deaths compared to the update on May 18.

* 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 19, there were 352,845 cases and 22,843 deaths of COVID-19 reported in the state - an increase of 1,474 cases and 114 deaths from the preceding day.

New York City accounted for 40% of those additional cases with 591 new cases reported on May 18, bringing the city's total to 193,821 cases.

New Jersey

As of May 19, there have been 149,013 cases of COVID-19 and 10,586 deaths reported in the state. This represents an increase of 974 cases and 151 deaths from May 18.

As of May 19, there were 3,405 hospitalizations, 969 (28%) in intensive/critical care and 750 (22%) on ventilator.


On May 19, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 1,545 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including146 additional deaths.

  • Coles County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 90s
  • Cook County: 3 females 30s, 2 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 5 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 12 males 60s, 1 unknown 60s, 8 females 70s, 17 males 70s, 9 females 80s, 15 males 80s, 9 females 90s, 6 males 90s, 1 female 100+, 1 male 100+
  • DeKalb County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 4 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 female 100+
  • Iroquois County: 1 male 60s
  • Kane County: 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 100+
  • Kankakee County: 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s
  • Kendall County: 1 male 80s
  • Lake County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Madison County: 2 females 80s, 1 female 90s
  • McDonough County: 1 male 80s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s
  • Rock Island County: 1 male 30s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 90
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Whiteside County: 1 female 100+
  • Will County: 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 98,030 cases, including 4,379 deaths, in 100 counties in Illinois.


According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), there were 873 new cases and 76 new deaths reported in the state on May 19, bringing the statewide total to 87,925 cases and 5,938 deaths. There were 2,472 cases being hospitalized and there were 672 (27%) cases currently in intensive care unit.


As of May 18, there were 81,795 positive cases and 3,334 deaths reported in California. This represents an increase of 1,365 cases and 32 deaths compared to the preceding day.

Of those new cases and new deaths, 481 (35%) new cases and 18 (56%) new deaths were reported in Los Angeles County. This brings the total in the county to 38,477 cases and 1,839 deaths.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12:00 a.m, May 19, that there were 610 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 63,666.

There were 4,624 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 119 new deaths.


Michigan reported an additional 435 cases and 102 deaths, as of May 19, bringing the statewide total to 52,350 cases and 5,017 deaths.

States with case count in the range of 20000 to 49999 (as of May 19)

  • Texas
  • Florida: Florida Department of Health on May 19 announced 55 additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the statewide death toll to 2,052. The deceased were from Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Collier, Dade, Desoto, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Manatee, Martin, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, St. Lucie, Volusia and Walton Counties.
  • Maryland
  • Georgia
  • Connecticut
  • Louisiana
  • Virginia: The state reported its first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children associated with COVID-19 in Fairfax Health District on May 19. 
  • Ohio
  • Indiana: The Indiana State Department of Health updated that a total of 1,678 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in the state (57 additional deaths compared to the previous day) with 146 probable deaths on May 19.
  • Colorado

States with case count in the range of 10000 to 19999 (as of May 19)

States with case count in the range of 6000 to 9999 (as of May 19)

  • South Carolina: On May 19, the local health department announced 8 additional deaths in six elderly individuals in Dillon (1), Greenville (4), and Lexington (1) Counties, and two middle-aged individuals in Cherokee (1) and Horry (1) Counties, bringing current fatalities to 399.
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky: Governor Beshear on May 19 updated that 20 new deaths were reported in the state in the span of two days - 10 women in their 70s-90s and 10 men in their 60s-80s from Adair, Allen, Boone, Breckinridge, Campbell, Daviess, Edmonson, Jefferson, Kenton, Logan and Warren Counties. The statewide death toll is now 366. 
  • Delaware: Public Health announced 7 additional deaths in three women and four men aged 38 to 94 from New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties. Most of the deceased had underlying health conditions and five of them were residents of long-term care facilities. The current death toll is now 304. 
  • Utah
  • Washington D.C: The District reported 8 additional COVID-19 related deaths in three women in their 60s and 90s and five men in their 70s-80s on May 19; the total fatalities are now 400.
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico: The Department of Health on May 19 reported 6 additional deaths in New Mexico, bringing the death toll to 276. The deceased were four women in their 60s-90s from McKinley and San Juan Counties and two men in their 50s and 70s from San Juan County. 

States with case count in the range of 3000 to 5999 (as of May 19)

  • Oklahoma
  • Arkansas
  • South Dakota
  • Oregon: Oregon on May 19 reported two additional COVID-19 deaths in a 70-year-old woman in Umatilla County and a 69-year-old man in Linn County; both had underlying medical conditions.
  • New Hampshire: On May 19, DHHS announced 10 additional deaths related to COVID-19 in two women from Hillsborough County and eight men from Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties; all of the deceased were above 60 years of age.

States with case count in the range of 1000 to 2999 (as of May 19)

States with case count in the range of 100 to 999 (as of May 19)

States with case count in the range of 1 to 99 (as of May 19)

SOURCE: CDC; State Health Agencies