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COVID in the US: Tracking states with the most virus cases, deaths on Jan. 2, 2021

Identifying states currently most affected by the coronavirus pandemic

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2020 file photo Hailey Campos, right, grabs her mother's handbag while waiting in line for a COVID-19 test at a testing site in Los Angeles. California became the first state to record 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases, reaching the milestone on Christmas Eve as close to the entire state was under a strict stay-at-home order and hospitals were flooded with the largest crush of cases since the pandemic began. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)
FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2020 file photo Hailey Campos, right, grabs her mother's handbag while waiting in line for a COVID-19 test at a testing site in Los Angeles. California became the first state to record 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases, reaching the milestone on Christmas Eve as close to the entire state was under a strict stay-at-home order and hospitals were flooded with the largest crush of cases since the pandemic began. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

The coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve around the country each day.

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Each week we’ll provide updates on which states have the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

The following data is sourced from Johns Hopkins University as of Jan. 1, 2021.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States is 20,205,931 -- the highest in the world.

States with the highest number of COVID-19 cases

  1. California - 2,336,201 cases
  2. Texas - 1,779,595 cases
  3. Florida - 1,323,315 cases
  4. New York - 995,816 cases
  5. Illinois - 963,389 cases
  6. Ohio - 700,380 cases
  7. Georgia - 677,589 cases
  8. Pennsylvania - 652,091 cases
  9. Tennessee - 586,802 cases
  10. North Carolina - 539,545 cases
  11. Arizona - 530,267 cases
  12. Michigan - 528,621 cases
  13. Wisconsin - 522,523 cases
  14. Indiana - 517,773 cases
  15. New Jersey - 482,861 cases

Note: Numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases above include presumptive positive cases.

Since our last report: This is our first national report since October 2020, so we will not be comparing this week’s data to any of our previous reports. When we publish next week’s coronavirus data, we will compare it to the previous week, as we’ve done in the past.

GRAPH: See how COVID cases compare in all 50 states here



The total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the United States is 348,411 -- the highest in the world.

States with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths

  1. New York - 38,155 deaths
  2. Texas - 28,253 deaths
  3. California - 26,286 deaths
  4. Florida - 21,673 deaths
  5. New Jersey - 19,160 deaths
  6. Illinois - 17,978 deaths
  7. Pennsylvania - 16,155 deaths
  8. Michigan - 13,018 deaths
  9. Massachusetts - 12,423 deaths
  10. Georgia - 10,958 deaths
  11. Arizona - 9,015 deaths
  12. Ohio - 8,962 deaths
  13. Indiana - 8,371 deaths
  14. Louisiana - 7,488 deaths
  15. Tennessee - 6,907 deaths

Since our last report: This is our first national report since October 2020, so we will not be comparing this week’s data to any of our previous reports. When we publish next week’s coronavirus data, we will compare it to the previous week, as we’ve done in the past.

GRAPH: See how COVID deaths compare in all 50 states here


COVID-19 cases and deaths have been broken down by county in each individual state by Johns Hopkins University and can be viewed here.

See detailed COVID-19 data for Michigan here.

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