May 5, 2020

COVID-19: US reports close to 30,000 new cases for second consecutive day

According to CDC's update on May 4, the case count of COVID-19 in the US stands at 1,152,372* cases, including 67,456* 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 29,763 cases and 1,719 deaths compared to the update on May 3.

* 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 4, there were 318,953 cases and 19,415 deaths of COVID-19 reported in the state - an increase of 2,538 cases and 226 deaths from the preceding day.

New York City accounted for 52% of those additional cases with 1,320 new cases reported on May 4, bringing the city's total to 175,651 cases.

New Jersey

As of May 4, there have been 128,269 cases of COVID-19 and 7,910 deaths reported in the state. This represents an increase of 1,525 cases and 39 deaths from May 3.

There were 5,328 people being hospitalized where 1,169 (22%) were on ventilators and 1,534 (29%) under critical/intensive care.


According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), there were 1,000 new cases and 86 new deaths reported in the state on May 4, bringing the statewide total to 69,087 cases and 4,090 deaths. There were 3,539 cases being hospitalized and there were 908 cases currently in intensive care unit.


The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on May 4 that 2,341 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Illinois, including 46 additional deaths.

  • Cook County: 1 female 20s, 1 female 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 50s, 2 females 60s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 6 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Iroquois County: 1 female 60s
  • Lake County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 3 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Macon County: 1 male 70s
  • Madison County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 90s
  • Monroe County: 1 male 70s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 100+
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 80s
  • Will County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 50s, 3 females 70s, 1 male 80s
  • Winnebago County: 1 male 50s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 63,840 cases, including 2,662 deaths, in 97 counties in Illinois.


As of May 3, there were 54,937 positive cases and 2,254 deaths reported in California. This represents an increase of 1,321 cases and 39 deaths compared to the preceding day.

Los Angeles county reported 753 new cases and 20 new deaths on May 3, accounting for 57% of the state's new cases and 51% of the state's new deaths. This brings the county's total cases and death toll to 25,708 and 1,229 respectively.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12:00 a.m, May 4, that there were 825 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 50,092. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

The department also reported 14 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 2,458 in Pennsylvania.


Michigan reported an additional 196 cases and 86 deaths, as of May 4, 10 a.m, bringing the statewide total to 43,950 cases and 4,135 deaths.

States with case count in the range of 10000 to 39999 (as of May 4)

  • Florida: On May 4, the Florida Department of Health updated 20 additional COVID-19 related deaths in Broward, Collier, Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Lee, Leon, Pinellas, St. Lucie and Walton Counties, bringing the death toll to 1,399 deaths.
  • Texas
  • Connecticut
  • Louisiana: the Louisiana Department of Health updated on May 4 that out of 1991 COVID-19 fatalities in the state, 688 deaths were residents of nursing homes.
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • Indiana: On May 4, the Indiana State Department of Health reported a total of 1,151 deaths (an increase of 19 from the previous day) and 113 probable deaths related to COVID-19. 
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
  • Colorado
  • Washington
  • Tennessee
  • North Carolina

States with case count in the range of 6000 to 9999 (as of May 4)

  • Iowa: IDPH on May 4 reported 4 additional deaths in three older adults (61-80 years) from Appanoose, Jasper, and Wapello Counties, and an elderly adult (81+) from Poweshiek County. IDPH also reported that 389 are currently hospitalized, and 3,486 Iowans have recovered.
  • Rhode Island: RIDOH announced 21 additional COVID-19 associated fatalities on May 4, bringing the total fatalities to 341.
  • Arizona
  • Missouri
  • Wisconsin
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Minnesota
  • South Carolina: On May 4, DHEC reported 8 additional COVID-19 related deaths in six elderly individuals in Clarendon (1), Greenville (2), Horry (1), and Richland (2) Counties, and two middle-aged individuals from Clarendon (1) and Marlboro (1) counties. This brings the statewide total to 283.
  • Nebraska

States with case count in the range of 3000 to 5999 (as of May 4)

  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • Delaware
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky: On May 4, KDPH announced the initiation of Health Care Phase 2 on May 6 to resume outpatient and ambulatory surgery and invasive procedures.
  • Washington D.C.: The District on May 4 reported 7 additional COVID-19 deaths in two women in their 60s, and five men in their 60s to 100s, bringing the total to 258 deaths. 
  • Oklahoma
  • New Mexico: Five additional deaths related to COVID-19 were reported on May 4 - the deceased were two women and three men in their 50s-70s from Bernalillo, McKinley, Sandoval, and San Juan Counties. All of the deceased had underlying medical conditions and three of them were hospitalized. Total fatalities in New Mexico are now 156. 
  • Arkansas

States with case count in the range of 1000 to 2999 (as of May 4)

States with case count in the range of 100 to 999 (as of May 4)

States with case count in the range of 1 to 99 (as of May 4)

SOURCE: CDC; State Health Agencies