June 1, 2020

COVID-19: US reports more than 23,000 new cases

According to CDC's update on May 31, the case count of COVID-19 in the US stands at 1,761,503* cases, including 103,700* 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 23,553 cases and 915 deaths compared to the update on May 30.

* 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 23, 2020

According to CDC's weekly COVIDView update, nationally, the percentages of laboratory specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 with a molecular assay decreased compared to last week; however, CDC noted that there were two developments in particular worth noting:

  • The percent positivity increased slightly in two HHS surveillance regions (Regions 4 [the southeast] and 10 [the Pacific northwest]).
  • 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 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 or remain stable at low levels. Outpatient influenza-like illness (ILI) visits are below baseline nationally and in all regions of the country. Nationwide during week 21, 2.2% of emergency department visits captured in National Syndromic Surveillance Program were due to COVID-19-like illness (CLI) and 0.7% were due to ILI. This is the ninth week of decline in the percentage of visits for ILI and the seventh week of declining percentage of visits for CLI.

A total of 23,811 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19-associated hospitalizations were reported by sites between March 1, 2020, and May 23, 2020. The overall cumulative hospitalization rate was 73.3 per 100,000 population. Among the 0-4 years, 5-17 years, 18-49 years, 50-64 years, and ≥ 65 years age groups, the highest rate of hospitalization is among adults aged 65 years (229.7 per 100,000), followed by adults aged 50-64 years (113.4 per 100,000) and adults aged 18-49 years (41.0 per 100,000).

  • Cumulative hospitalization rates for COVID-19 in adults (18-64 years) at this time are higher than cumulative end-of-season hospitalization rates for influenza over each of the past 5 influenza seasons.
  • For people 65 years and older, current cumulative COVID-19 hospitalization rates are within ranges of cumulative influenza hospitalization rates observed at comparable time points** during recent influenza seasons.
  • For children (0-17 years), cumulative COVID-19 hospitalization rates are much lower than cumulative 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 15.9% during week 20 to 9.8% during week 21 but remained above baseline. This is the fifth week during which a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC has been recorded. The percentage remains above the epidemic threshold, and is now similar to what has been observed at the peak of some influenza seasons. 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 31, there were 370,770 cases and 23,905 deaths of COVID-19 reported in the state.

The case count in New York city stood at 203,303, accounting for 55% of the total case count in the state.

New Jersey

As of May 31, there have been 160,445 cases of COVID-19 and 11,698 deaths reported in the state. There were 2,469 hospitalizations; of these, 522 (21%) were in critical/intensive care and 378 (15%) on ventilators.


On May 31, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 1,343 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 60 additional deaths.

  • Cook County: 3 females 30s, 1 male 40s, 2 females 50s, 2 male 50s, 2 females 60s, 3 males 60s, 1 unknown 60s, 6 females 70s, 4 males 70s, 8 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 1 female 100+
  • DuPage County – 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Kane County – 1 male 50s, 1 female 90s
  • Lake County – 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Madison County – 1 female 60s
  • Monroe County – 1 female 60s
  • Peoria County – 1 male 80s
  • St. Clair County – 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
  • Union County – 1 male 90s
  • Whiteside County – 1 male 90s
  • Will County – 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s
  • Williamson County – 1 male 50s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 120,260 cases, including 5,390 deaths, in 101 counties in Illinois.


According to the California Department of Public Health, as of May 31, there were 110,583 positive cases and 4,213 deaths in California. Los Angeles county remains the county with the highest number of cases in the state with 53,627 cases and 2,338 deaths - accounting for 48% and 55% of the statewide total cases and deaths respectively.


According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), there were 96,965 cases and 6,846 deaths reported in the state as of May 31.

There were 1,824 cases being hospitalized and 436 were in ICU.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12:00 a.m, May 31, that there were 511 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 71,926. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

There were 5,555 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 18 new deaths.


As of May 31, there were 64,287 cases and 1,672 deaths of COVID-19 reported in Texas. Cases were reported in 231 counties out of 254 counties in the state.

States with case count in the range of 30000 to 59999 (as of May 31)

  • Michigan
  • Florida: Florida Department of Health announced four additional deaths in residents from Duval, Leon and Putnam Counties on May 30.
  • Maryland: Governor Hogan announced on May 31 that Maryland’s COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped to 10.9%, and current total hospitalizations have fallen to their lowest level since April 15.
  • Georgia
  • Virginia
  • Connecticut
  • Louisiana
  • Ohio
  • Indiana: On May 31, the Indiana Health Department updated that the statewide death toll stood at 1,967 deaths (an increase of 9 over the previous day) and there were 167 probable deaths.

States with case count in the range of 15000 to 29999 (as of May 31)

States with case count in the range of 8000 to 14999 (as of May 31)

  • Rhode Island: On May 29, RIDOH updated that there were 16 additional COVID-19 associated fatalities, bringing total fatalities to 693.
  • Nebraska
  • Missouri
  • South Carolina: DHEC reported 7 additional COVID-19 related deaths in the state on May 31, bringing total fatalities to 494. The deceased were elderly individuals from Anderson (1), Chester (1), Colleton (1), Darlington (1), Hampton (1), Marlboro (1), and York (1) Counties. 
  • Utah
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky: Governor Beshear reported 13 new deaths in six women and seven men in their 60s-90s from Jefferson, Nelson, Metcalfe, Taylor, Hopkins and Gallatin Counties on May 30, raising the statewide death toll to 431.
  • Delaware: Delaware Public Health announced five new deaths in two women and three men of age ranging from 65 to 93 from New Castle and Sussex Counties; all deceased had underlying health conditions and were residents of long-term care facilities. In total, 366 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19.
  • Washington D.C: The District reported 4 additional COVID-19 related deaths in four women in their 50s-70s, bringing total fatalities to 466. 
  • Nevada

States with case count in the range of 4000 to 7999 (as of May 31)

  • New Mexico: The Department of Health on May 31 reported 5 additional deaths related to COVID-19 in New Mexico, bringing the death toll to 356. The deceased were two women in their 80s and three men in their 60s and 90s from McKinley and San Juan Counties; all of the deceased had underlying health conditions. 
  • Arkansas
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • New Hampshire: DHHS announced three additional deaths related to COVID-19 in a woman and two men from Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties; all deceased were aged above 60 years.
  • Oregon

States with case count in the range of 1000 to 3999 (as of May 31)

  • Puerto Rico: Local health department reported the deaths of three women from COVID-19 in Puerto Rico on May 31.
  • Idaho
  • North Dakota: North Dakota Department of Health reported an additional death in a man in his 90s from Cass County on May 31; the deceased had underlying health conditions.
  • Maine
  • West Virginia: DHHR confirmed the death of a 96-year-old Fayette male resident from COVID-19 on May 30.

States with case count in the range of 100 to 999 (as of May 31)

States with case count in the range of 1 to 99 (as of May 31)

SOURCE: CDC; State Health Agencies