(Meredith) -- Cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States have surpassed 32.3 million with more than 580,000 deaths.
According to Worldometer, as of Saturday there have been 32,372,119 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. According to the same chart, 580,756 people have died from the virus in the U.S. and 24,905,332 have recovered so far.
The U.S. has a population of about 332,000,000, which means about 9.8% of the country has been infected and tested positive. Because of the unknown number of people who may have had the virus and were asymptomatic or were not formally tested, that number could be higher.
According to these numbers, the mortality rate of positive COVID-19 cases in the U.S. stands at 2.3% (580,756 deaths out of 25,486,088 closed cases), equal to about 1 in 43 people . The mortality rate does not include active cases that have not yet had an outcome; it is based on closed cases only.
Because of the unknown number of people who may have had the virus and were asymptomatic or were not tested, the fatality rate could be lower. The fatality rate of COVID-19 is based on the number of positive, known cases that have been closed.
Of the 32,372,119 infections, California accounts for about 11.5% of the cases with 3,717,019. The state with the next most cases is Texas with 2,852,779.
Worldometer's COVID-19 data is trusted and used and trusted by Johns Hopkins CSSE, Financial Times, The New York Times, Business Insider, and many others.
The United States' first coronavirus case was reported January 20 in Washington state. On March 26, 2020, the U.S. became the country with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world when cases topped 82,000, surpassing Italy and China, both of which were previous epicenters of the pandemic.
In March 2020, U.S. health officials predicted the number of cases, deaths and hospitalizations would peak on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. According to data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), it appears COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. peaked on Sunday, January 10, 2021 with 3,377 deaths .
On March 31, 2020, then-President Donald Trump warned of a "painful" and "tough" stretch ahead as he extended nationwide distancing measures that -- even if followed closely -- could still mean more than 100,000 and up to 240,000 Americans die from coronavirus. On April 8, 2020, death toll projections lowered significantly, with officials then guessing that around 60,000 Americans would die from the virus by August 2020. Then, on May 1, 2020, predictions increased again, with the IHME predicting about 72,400 Americans would die from the virus by August 2020. Since then, predictions have continued to increase. Now, death projections are soaring past the original high projection. As of April 16, 2021, the IHME now predicts that about 618,275 Americans will die of COVID-19 by Aug. 1, 2021.
Worldwide coronavirus deaths have topped 3.02 million with more than 141.3 million reported cases.
As of Saturday, the top five countries with the most COVID-19 cases are:
- United States – 32,372,119
- India – 14,782,461
- Brazil – 13,900,134
- France – 5,260,182
- Russia – 4,693,469
China, where the virus originated, is number 95 on the list with 90,499 cases.
For more information on COVID-19, you can visit the CDC's website.