United States

The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was confirmed on 20 January 2020 and shortly after the federal government closed the country’s borders to arrivals who had recently been in China. On 16 March, the White House recommended closing schools and avoiding gatherings of more than ten people. By 30 March, with cases exceeding 185,000, the White House issued guidelines to limit social gatherings of more than ten people and avoid discretionary travel. By mid April, the United States had more confirmed cases and deaths than any other country. The United States is a federation of states, each of which has taken different approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 Policy Watch currently covers national policies only.

Key statistics

  • Confirmed cases


  • Cases per 100,000 people


  • Deaths


  • Recovered cases


  • Days since first case


  • Days since 100 cases


  • Days since highest daily increase


These statistics were last updated for 15 May 2020 and are drawn from the Coronavirus COVID-19 Daily Cases dataset, published by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University, via API by Laeyoung.

US Federal Government COVID-19 policies

Last updated 20 April 2020

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