About one third of all COVID-19 cases registered in the U.S. have occurred in the New York region, down from around half one month ago. This change supports the observation that new COVID-19 hot spots are opening up in other parts of the country. The New York Times has identified some places that show worrisome developments, among the Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas county in Texas and Dakota county in Nebraska, where there was an outbreak at a meat processing plant. States like Massachusetts and Illinois also have seen the rate of infections speed up instead of slow down.
New York City alone is now logging 14.3 percent of all cases and 26 percent of all deaths (as of May 7).
Deaths in the New York region still stood at 46.2 percent of all coronavirus deaths officially recorded in the U.S., down from 48.4 percent on April 1.
Despite the absolute number and the number of per-capita COVID-19 tests performed in different states differing significantly, case numbers mirror deaths from the virus quite closely across locations.
Massachusetts, the third most affected state at the moment, accounts for roughly 6 percent of cases as well as deaths. In comparison, California, the third-most affected state on April 1, accounted for around 4 percent of cases and deaths. As of May 7, California was the fifth most affected state, with Massachusetts and Illinois now having recorded more cases.