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According to the Centers for Disease Control, as of July 1, 2020, the number of both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 had reached 2,624,873 with 127,299 deaths reported among these cases. 

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Covid-19 Cases and Deaths

Source:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html

Covid-19 Statistics 


The highest number of cases in the U.S. were among those aged 18-44 (894,974), followed by those 45-64 (686,642), those 75 and older (228,283), those aged 65-74 (196,375) and those 17 and younger (116,620).

Covid-19 Cases by Age

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/index.html#demographics


The highest number of COVID-19 cases by race/ethnicity are white (35.3%), Hispanic/Latino, (34.4%), Black (20.9%), multiple/other (4%), Asian (3.7%), American Indian/Alaska Native (1.4%) and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander (0.4%).

Covid-19 Cases by Race

Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker

By Gender

Women represent 51.3% of COVID-19 cases in the US. followed by men at, 48.8%, and .1% reporting as 'other.'

Coronavirus by Gender

Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker

By Industry

Covid-19 on Industry

Source: https://www.statista.com/statistics/1106302/coronavirus-impact-index-by-industry-2020/

Projected coronavirus (COVID-19) impact index by industry and dimension - minor (1) to severe (5) in 2020

  • Manufacturing: 25 (100%)
  • Travel and Transportation: 25 (100%)
  • Retail: 23 (92%)
  • Energy and Resources: 21 (84%)
  • High Tech and Telecommunications: 21 (84%)
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences: 19 (76%)
  • Non-profits 19 (76%)
  • Media and Entertainment: 17 (76%)
  • Universities and Colleges: 17 (76%)
  • Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance: 15 (60%)
  • Public Sector: 13 (52%)

Covid-19 Outbreaks by Location

As of April 27, 2020 corrections facilities that reported a COVID-19 outbreak had the highest number of cases at 11,521. Healthcare classified locations saw the most reported outbreaks at 108 locations. The armed services had the highest rate of COVID-19 cases per location at 856.

Covid-19 Outbreaks by Location

Source: https://www.statista.com/statistics/1106302/coronavirus-impact-index-by-industry-2020/

COVID-19 Business Survey Results

Survey Results

Survey Questions & Results

Did your business or the company you work for temporarily close due to COVID-19?

  • Yes: 152
  • No: 75

Were there any confirmed COVID-19 cases at your business or the company you work for?

  • Yes: 161
  • No: 45
  • I Don't Know/ I Choose Not to Answer: 21

If the business stayed open, was the use of face masks required?

  • Yes: 113
  • No: 27
  • They were not required but recommended: 53
  • The use of face masks was prohibited: 0
  • N/A the business had to close during the start of quarantine: 35

If the business stayed open, was social distancing required?

  • Yes: 140
  • No: 6
  • It was not required but recommended: 32
  • The nature of the business makes social distancing difficult or impossible: 17
  • N/A the business had to close during the start of quarantine: 33

If the business stayed open, was there additional cleaning implemented? (one-time or routine)

  • Yes: 175
  • No: 20
  • N/A the business had to close during the start of quarantine: 33

Does your business or the company you work for have a plan for reopening?

  • Yes: 149
  • No: 43
  • I Don't Know: 36

Concerns About Covid

If you answered ‘yes’ to having a plan to reopen, what do you consider to be your main concern with the reopening process?

The top themes from respondents:

  • “Ensuring people practice/enforce social distancing”
  • “How to make sure people wear face coverings/masks”
  • “Keeping people that are sick/coughing out of the building”
  • “Do we have the right guidelines in place as a company and/or are visible to the public/employees?”
  • “Making sure the business/location is sanitized/cleaned thoroughly/regularly”

If you answered ‘yes’ to having a plan to reopen, what do you consider the most significant change to operations/logistics that might be in place long-term?

The top themes from respondents:

  • “Social distancing and wearing masks”
  • “Additional cleaning/sanitization efforts/offerings”
  • “Having COVID-19-related guidelines/rules for conducting business”
  • “Teleworking will be expanded/kept in place for certain workers”
  • “The occupancy rate of public-facing areas will be reduced/closed”

How to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community in many affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. 

Prevention Plans for Businesses

Advice on Coronavirus




According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 

Require Hand Washing

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Practice Social Distancing

Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members. Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Wear a Mask when Others are Around

You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age two, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.