West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement of the state’s first positive test result for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday marked a grim milestone in the virus’ spread across America.
According to a live database maintained by Johns Hopkins University, all 50 states have now reported a case of the deadly disease, which has claimed 100 lives since arriving in the United States back in February.
With nearly 200,000 reported cases worldwide, the U.S. holds responsible only 5,895 of those; a relatively minuscule figure compared to nations such as Italy (31,506 cases) and Iran (16,169 cases), but it’s still a significant number nonetheless that is growing greater by the day.
Tuesday was also a particularly eventful day for Arizona, where several new cases of coronavirus were reported across multiple different counties, including Maricopa and Pinal, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 20.
Maricopa County Public Health says its cases include a man in his 20s, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 70s, and a man in his 80s, all of whom are recovering in self-isolation at home.
Two other Maricopa County cases include a woman in her 60s and a man in his 80s, both of whom have been hospitalized. A previously announced case of a man in his 90s was determined to be negative and is not linked to coronavirus.
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— Public Health (@Maricopahealth) March 17, 2020