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COVID in the US: Tracking states with the most virus cases, deaths on Jan. 9, 2021

Identifying states currently most affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Registered nurse Kyanna Barboza tends to her COVID-19 patient at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. The virus is surging in virtually every state. California is particularly hard hit, with skyrocketing deaths and infections threatening to force hospitals to ration care. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Registered nurse Kyanna Barboza tends to her COVID-19 patient at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. The virus is surging in virtually every state. California is particularly hard hit, with skyrocketing deaths and infections threatening to force hospitals to ration care. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Copyright 2021 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. 8, 2021.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States is 22,035,618 -- the highest in the world.

States with the highest number of COVID-19 cases

  1. California - 2,619,829 cases
  2. Texas - 1,923,399 cases
  3. Florida - 1,449,252 cases
  4. New York - 1,101,445 cases
  5. Illinois - 1,017,322 cases
  6. Ohio - 762,603 cases
  7. Georgia - 736,926 cases
  8. Pennsylvania - 708,221 cases
  9. Tennessee - 640,606 cases
  10. North Carolina - 602,774 cases
  11. Arizona - 596,251 cases
  12. Michigan - 559,655 cases
  13. Indiana - 552,594 cases
  14. Wisconsin - 544,618 cases
  15. New Jersey - 516,608 cases

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

Since our last report: California saw the largest weekly increase in virus cases of all states, reporting more than 231,000 new cases in the last seven days. New York and Illinois exceed 1 million total virus cases for the first time since last week.

Indiana jumped from #14 in the country to #13. The remaining states listed above reported an increase in virus cases, but have maintained their ranking over the last seven days.



The total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the United States is 370,119 -- the highest in the world.

States with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths

  1. New York - 39,282 deaths
  2. Texas - 29,645 deaths
  3. California - 29,106 deaths
  4. Florida - 22,666 deaths
  5. New Jersey - 19,756 deaths
  6. Illinois - 19,108 deaths
  7. Pennsylvania - 17,376 deaths
  8. Michigan - 13,913 deaths
  9. Massachusetts - 12,985 deaths
  10. Georgia - 11,314 deaths
  11. Arizona - 9,938 deaths
  12. Ohio - 9,544 deaths
  13. Indiana - 8,892 deaths
  14. Louisiana - 7,833 deaths
  15. Tennessee - 7,618 deaths

Since our last report: California saw the highest weekly increase in virus deaths of all states, reporting more than 2,500 new deaths since last week. Pennsylvania, Texas and New York all reported more than 1,000 new deaths in the last seven days.

All states listed above reported an increase in virus deaths, but have maintained their ranking over the last seven days.


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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