COVID-19’s Evolution in the United States

NEW ROCHELLE, NY - MARCH 18: Coronavirus crisis volunteer Rhiannon Navin greets local residents arriving to a food distribution center at the WestCop community center on March 18, 2020 in New Rochelle, New York. New Rochelle has been a hot spot for the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Over the past month, cases of the new coronavirus have skyrocketed all over the United States. The daily record for the number of new cases was beat at least nine different times.


On July 16, the latest one-day record amounted to 77,255 new cases. This data was made available by researchers affiliated with the John Hopkins University. Just a single day later, the second highest number since the beginning of the pandemic was reported: 71,558 cases.

A Month Ago

This is all in start contrast with the actions that took place just a month ago, on 16 June. During those early days of summer, most American states were busy with their plans of reopening after the lockdown. During that day, the country reported over 23,700 cases of COVID-19. There were some dips in the number of cases, which brought hope to the community, but then states all over the South saw a highly increased number of young people testing positive for the virus. Soon after, images started to appear online of crowded house parties and filled to the brim beaches, despite the cautionary advice of health experts.

The Hotspot

It was also during that time that Florida reported that there are about 4,000 cases a day, a record breaker back then. Ever since, the state started to become known as the hotspot of the new coronavirus, having over 10,300 new cases just this Saturday.

What Happened Since

In the past couple of weeks, hospitals all over the United States have reached their maximum capacity. Over half of the states, at least 27, have stopped or even rolled back their plans for reopening with the purpose of slowing down the spread of COVID-19. This is in a time when the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that at least 40% of people who get infected show no symptoms, but can still infect others.