The majority of COVID-19 cases concentrate in Washington, California, and New York states, but New York far exceeds the other two. On Long Island alone, health officials diagnosed 3,900 cases, 22 of which resulted in death.
As of Tuesday afternoon, cases of COVID-19 in New York number 25,665. For context, the next highest count, neighboring New Jersey, rises only to 2,844.
New cases diagnosed overnight between Sunday and Monday totaled more than all the diagnosed cases in New Jersey and Washington combined. Though, much of that follows a significant rise in testing. Previously, testing lagged, leaving actual numbers on the outbreak out of reach.
Now, as tests make their way to states, case numbers explode.
At present, 9 states exceed 1,000 cases. The total number of cases in the United States amounts to 49,204. The total death count comes to 626.
In China, where the novel coronavirus originated, new case counts leveled off in recent weeks. While weeks ago, the country saw skyrocketing numbers, they’ve now seen days where no new cases were found. In total, China’s case count comes to 81,171. The majority of those resulted in recovery, accounting for 73,159 of the whole. Their death count presently rests at 3,277. While they still monitor 4,735 active cases, 1,573 of them in critical condition, Chinese officials began slowly easing off quarantine measures to resume normal life in the city of Wuhan.
US States Act to Stem Outbreak, Prevent Death
In response to the rising numbers, city and state officials across the United States enacted executive orders.
San Francisco and Los Angeles went into lockdown last week, shortly before California Governor Gavin Newsom adopted a statewide ban on public gatherings. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put his state lockdown, as well. Closures include bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and any business that officials deem non-essential.
However, restaurants with take-out and delivery service, grocery stores, and other essential services remain active and available. Though, residents are urged to remain at home for the time being.