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COVID-19 pandemic in the United States
COVID-19 outbreak USA per capita cases map.svg
Confirmed cases per million residents by state.
Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
Location United States
First case Chicago, Illinois (earliest known arrival)
Everett, Washington (first case report)
Arrival date January 13, 2020
(4 years, 1 month, 1 week and 5 days ago)
Origin Wuhan, Hubei, China
Confirmed cases
  • 6,310,663 (CDC)
  • 6,359,720 (JHU)
  • 6,329,405 (CTP)
Recovered 2,387,479 (JHU)
  • 189,147 (CDC)
  • 190,815 (JHU)
  • 182,779 (CTP)

The COVID-19 pandemic spread to the United States in January 2020. The first confirmed case of local transmission was recorded in January in Chicago and the first known deaths happened in February.

By the end of March, cases had happened in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories except American Samoa.


As of May 13,  2020 (2020 -05-13), the U.S. has the most confirmed active cases and deaths in the world; and its death rate was 206 per million people, the tenth-highest rate globally.


On February 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the American public for the first time to prepare for a local outbreak.

National emergency

A national emergency was declared on March 13. In early March the Food and Drug Administration began allowing public health agencies and private companies to create and carry out tests. The Trump administration waited until mid-March to start purchasing large amounts of medical equipment.

On March 16, the White House announced that they were against any gatherings of more than ten people. Since March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of State has said all U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel.


In July 2020, scientists from Johns Hopkins University told people that deaths from COVID-19 in United States prisons were much higher than the average for the whole country. There were about 3251 sick prisoners and 39 deaths out of every 100,000 prisoners. The national average was about 587 sick United States residents and 29 deaths for every 100,000 United States residents.

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