An ongoing investigation co-founded by The Atlantic has tracked how many people are known to have the coronavirus in each state. You can explore our data by selecting a state in the chart below:
Weeks into an outbreak that has hobbled the economy and rewritten the rhythms of daily life, more than 100,000 people have been tested for the coronavirus in the United States, we have found. The latest numbers represent a sharp increase in testing over the past week, but also underscore that the United States lags dramatically behind the testing response in many other countries.
In America, at least 12,000 people have tested positive for the virus, and 194 people have died as of Friday, March 20. Those confirmed positive cases represent only a fraction of the Americans who are infected with the virus.
The Atlantic reached its new estimate through an ongoing collaboration with a team of more than 100 volunteers recruited for their experience with data collection.
After weeks of debilitating delays and shortages, the country’s ability to test patients for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has started to rapidly increase, our investigation finds. The country’s 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia now report the results of roughly 25,000 tests a day, collectively. But even as testing has ramped up, its pace has fallen far short of what’s needed to capture the extent of the coronavirus’s spread nationwide.