The death toll from covid-19 began to rise steadily in early March, then more sharply as the disease spread to every state and most U.S. territories.

The death toll from covid-19 began to rise steadily in early March, then more sharply as the disease spread to every state and most U.S. territories.

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The disease caused by the novel coronavirus has killed at least   people in the United States since Feb. 29, when a 58-year-old man near Seattle became the first announced U.S. death. Tens of thousands have since died of the disease, and criteria for reporting deaths has been changing rapidly among states and cities.
A total of have been reported since Feb. 29.
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Note: The spike in mid-April is due to New York City authorities adding probable cases to the citys death tally.
The death toll from covid-19 began to rise steadily in early March. By April 13, the virus had killed in every state.
New York City, for instance, recently announced it was reclassifying more than 3,700 deaths that were suspected of having covid-19 but never tested. New York state reports confirmed deaths. The official death count is almost certainly an undercount, many researchers say.
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Because testing was slow to begin in the United States, health officials agree that the number of reported cases is much lower than the actual number of people who have the disease, and even the count of deaths is probably low because of differences in reporting by overwhelmed local jurisdictions.
Hot spots have erupted in a few places with large outbreaks, none more dire than in New York, where at least   cases have been reported and at least   have died since March 14, when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) announced the death of an 82-year-old woman.
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Although it is a populous state, New York also leads the country in deaths per 100,000 residents.
Hard-hit Louisianas rate is high as well. The state is facing a shortage of ventilators and protective equipment for health-care workers, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards (D). A breakout in New Orleans may have been fueled by the month-long Carnival celebration that drew more than a million people to the city in February and culminated in a raucous and crowded Mardi Gras.
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Deaths reported per 100,000 residents
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State Confirmed cases per 100k Deaths per 100k New deaths since

But those are far from the only areas struggling to contain the disease and treat its victims.
Washington, where the first known U.S. outbreak began in early February, has had a high number of deaths among older people, particularly in the Seattle area. The disease took root early in several King County nursing homes and facilities that care for older, sicker people.
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Most deaths worldwide have occurred among people older than 50 and those with underlying health problems, as they are often most vulnerable to respiratory disease.
Wayne County, Mich., which includes Detroit, has a high rate of infections per capita thanks in part, health officials told the Detroit Free Press, to economic disparities. People in areas of concentrated poverty tend to have higher rates of diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
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The virus is not just an urban issue. Sparsely populated rural areas dont have the huge raw numbers of cases or deaths that cities are reporting, but some rank very highly in deaths and cases per capita. People in very rural areas are more likely to die of flu than urbanites and may be more vulnerable to covid-19 as well, according to Post analysis of CDC data.
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County Confirmed cases per 100k Deaths per 100k

Note: Data is reported for all of New York City and includes New York County, Kings County, Bronx County, Richmond County and Queens County.
A handful of counties in southwestern Georgia have some of the highest rates of infection and deaths in the country. The governor sent Georgia National Guard troops to help with medical care in Dougherty County, which has fewer than 100,000 people but more than 1,000 cases and dozens of deaths.
However, not all numbers are terrible. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) was the first to issue a statewide stay-at-home order on March 19 in an attempt to contain the spread of the disease that had already infiltrated the San Francisco Bay area and greater Los Angeles. Most governors have since issued similar orders, and preliminary data show that the early social-distancing orders are working.
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Deaths and number of cases data from WHO and CDC, collected by Johns Hopkins University, and Post analysis. The data aggregated by Johns Hopkins uses UTC time, which means new days start at 8 p.m. Eastern. On April 14, New York City authorities began adding probable cases to the city’s death tally, adding more than 3,700 fatalities to the data.
Population data are 5-year estimates from 2018 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.
State stay-at-home order data from Post reporting. State of emergency declarations from Boston University’s COVID-19 U.S. state policy database.
Bonnie Berkowitz, Armand Emamdjomeh, Simon Glenn-Gregg, Erik Reyna and Susan Tyler contributed to this report.