35,000+ confirmed coronavirus cases in US, deaths near 500

Posted at 8:59 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 11:06:29-04

Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States have soared above 35,000 as of Monday morning, as the number of deaths linked to the disease continues to rise closer to 500.

According to a database kept by Johns Hopkins, about one-fifth of those deaths — 99, as of Monday morning at 7 a.m. — have occurred in New York City. Another 75 deaths have occurred in the Seattle area, where the virus was first detected in the country earlier this year.

According to CNN, seven states have at least 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19: New York (16,887), Washington (2,025), New Jersey (1,914), California (1,488), Illinois (1,049), Michigan (1,035) and Florida (1,001).

The rise in confirmed cases of COVID-19 correlates with FDA deregulations that increased testing capacity for the virus. The most recently available figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the U.S. was testing about 10,000 people a day as of early last week. Prior to deregulation, the CDC was testing between 6,000 and 7,000 people a day.

Experts still believe the true number of people infected with COVID-19 remains much higher than the number of confirmed cases.

Officials in Montana are keeping a list of confirmed cases in the Treasure State on an updated map and website - click here to visit the site.

Infographic: Where COVID-19 Has Been Confirmed in the U.S. | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

A spokesman for the Montana COVID-19 Task Force says that positive test results for Montana residents who are currently outside the state will not be included in the totals reported on the website, and said: "The state recognizes that its reporting totals will differ from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) total as a result of these reporting processes."