The latest on Coronavirus shows promise for some places, while not so good for others

The President has made an announcement to all 50 governors that it is up to them whether or not they want to re-open their state. The planned date is May 1st. According to the latest data, 17 states have more than 10,000 confirmed cases, and there are only eight states with fewer than 1,000 cases.
While it would be wise for the Top 10 most affected states to remain in lockdown for public safety reasons, the least affected could probably remain relatively open. Currently, there are 776,384 cases of coronavirus in the U.S. In addition, 37,532 American people have passed away from COVID-19

As this story is being written, 81% of Americans believe that we should wait to re-open the country until we are certain to be safe (Forbes). Leadership across the U.S may vary with that decision. Most of all, a great leader can be defined by how they treat the youngest and oldest citizens. As our most
vulnerable residents await their governors orders, survivors of COVID-19 have all agreed. If we follow what we are told to do by the experts (WHO, CDC, AZ Dept of Health) we will all come out of this better people. Dr. Fauci said that it is “a bit overly optimistic” for many parts of the country to open
in May. Only 15% expect public life to resume in the next month or sooner. (Forbes)

Let’s put this in perspective.

There were 355 fatalities due to natural disasters in the United States in 2018.

United States fire departments responded to an estimated 1,318,500 fires in 2018. These fires resulted in 3,655 civilian fire fatalities.

In the United States, 70,200 people died from drug overdoses in 2017, which was an increase of about ten percent over 2016.

The list goes on and on. While most people are taking the coronavirus seriously, some are still doubters. It may be true that there are probably 25 additional causes of death that exceed the total number of COVID-19 deaths so far. The major concern is how highly contagious this virus is. Sure, the CDC estimates that, from October 1, 2019, through April 4, 2020, there have been up to 62,000 flu deaths. But, COVID-19 is much more contagious and much worse than the flu. Yes, some people experience no symptoms at all, while others suffer terribly and their case could be fatal. How would you feel if you knew that you gave the virus to someone who died because of it? Horrible I bet.

Every effort has been made to offer straightforward facts about CV-19, or coronavirus, in this story. In addition, multiple sources have been employed to compile the article, and are referenced.

Arizona in 23rd in the nation for the most CV-19 cases with 5,064 as of Monday, April 20th. As a result, 190 people have died from complications. Altogether, that’s 1 out of every 1,437 Arizonans that has COVID-19. The most troubling statistic is that less than one percent of Arizona residents have been tested for the coronavirus. So far, 54,500 people have been tested in Arizona.

The Top 5 most affected zip codes in Arizona are Mesa (Main St to Baseline and Power to Val Vista) 85206 (100), Peoria at 85382 (99), Tucson at 85714 (89), Mesa at 85202 (81), Tucson at 85711 (67).

These remaining zip codes also report higher numbers of cases than other areas; Tucson at 85706 (65), Scottsdale (56th st to Pima and Thomas to McKellips) at 85257 (65), and Chandler at 85224 (63) Source: Arizona Department of Health Services

As of Monday evening, there are over 776,000 total Coronavirus cases in the U.S. causing more than 37,000 deaths. That number exceeds those killed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (New York Times)

Even though China and India have over four times as many people in their countries than the U.S does, we have more than seven times more coronavirus cases than both of them combined!

Our closest neighbor to the north, Canada, only has 36,831 total COVID-19 cases. Meanwhile, our neighbor to the south, Mexico, has 8,772 altogether.

More people have recovered from COVID-19 in Germany (84,717), Spain (80,587), and China (77,892), than in the United States (72,368).

Wyoming has the least amount of cases (317) but it should also be noted they have the least populated state in America (Pop. 578,579).


How many people have COVID-19 in your state right now?

How long will it take for hospitals to be overloaded if government and residents of Arizona take no action? Find out!

BY THE NUMBERS: As of 6:30 p.m MST, Mon 4/20

Total number of coronavirus cases in Arizona: 5,064 (KTAR) / AZ Deaths: 190 (KTAR)
*Maricopa County — 2,634 cases (
The least affected by COVID-19 are children and teens representing only 3% of cases, while, surprisingly, seniors are only slightly over quarter of the cases. Those who are between ages 20 and 44 hold the most cases (38%). Those 45-64 years are a third.

Total number of active coronavirus cases in the United States: 776,384 (New York Times)
U.S. Deaths: 37,532 (NYT)
U.S. Recoveries: 72,368 (Wikipedia)

Nations with the highest number of confirmed cases:
United States: 776,384
Spain: 200,210
Italy: 181,228
Germany: 147,065
United Kingdom: 124,743

Total confirmed cases worldwide: 2,472,259 (New York Times)
Total Deaths Worldwide: 169,986 (New York Times)

States with the highest number of confirmed (active) cases: (New York Times) *(+/-) states w/ most cases 2 wks ago
1. New York: 247,543 (1 in 78)
2. New Jersey: 88,806
3. Massachusetts: 38,077
4. California: 33,643 (+2)
5. Pennsylvania: 33,482

The rest of the nation:
+ Good news for Michigan, Georgia, Washington, Wisconsin, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Arkansas, Idaho, New Hampshire, Vermont, Hawaii, Montana.
– Bad News for California, Connecticut, Ohio, Rhode Island, Alabama, Iowa, Delaware, New Mexico, South Dakota, Nebraska, West Virginia.
6. Michigan: 31,927 (-2, was 4)
7. Illinois: 31,508
8. Florida: 26,652
9. Louisiana: 24,523
10. Texas: 19,845
11. Connecticut: 19,815 (+1)
12. Georgia: 18,006 (-2)
13. Maryland: 13,684
14. Ohio: 12,919 (+2)
15. Washington: 11,825 (-1)
16. Indiana: 11,686 (-1)
17. Colorado: 10,106
18. Virginia: 8,990
19. Tennessee: 7,015
20. North Carolina: 6,764
21. Missouri: 5,807
22. Rhode Island: 5,090 (+6 was 28, +7 was 35)
23. Arizona: 5,064
24. Alabama: 5,055 (+2 was 26, +3 was 29)
25. Mississippi: 4,512 (+1 was 26, +1 was 27)
26. Wisconsin: 4,499 (-2 was 24, -4 was 20)
27. South Carolina: 4,439 (-2)
28. Nevada: 3,321 (-1 was 27, -3 was 24)
29. Utah: 3,213
30. Iowa: 3,175 (+2 was 32, +4 was 36)
31. Kentucky: 3,050
32. Delaware: 2,745 (+1 was 33, +7 was 40)
33. Oklahoma: 2,680 (-3)
34. Minnesota: 2,470
35. Kansas: 2,030 (+2)
36. New Mexico: 1,971 (+3)
37. Oregon: 1,956 (-2 was 35, -6 was 29)
38. Arkansas: 1,923 (-2 were 36, -6 were 30)
39. South Dakota: 1,685 (+1 was 40, +10 was 50)
40. Idaho: 1,581 (-2 was 38, -5 was 33)
41. Nebraska: 1,474 (+1, +3)
42. New Hampshire: 1,392 (-1, -3)
43. West Virginia: 908 (+2, +1)
44. Maine: 875 (-1, -1)

45. Vermont: 816 (-1, -3)

States with the lowest number of confirmed cases:
46. North Dakota: 627 (+2, +1)
47. Hawaii: 578 (-1, -3)
48. Montana: 433 (-1, -3)
49. Alaska: 319
50. Wyoming: 317 (1 in 1,825)

Nations with the highest number of confirmed cases:
United States: 776,384
Spain: 200,210
Italy: 181,228
Germany: 147,065
U.K: 124,743

Largest populated nations with lowest number of confirmed cases:
Russia: 47,121 – Vladimir Putin has offered general assurances that the situation in Russia is “under control,” and the metro is still running, and shops and restaurants are open. As of this moment, Russia, a country of a hundred and forty-four million people, claims to have carried out a hundred and sixty-five thousand coronavirus tests in total, about half the number that were performed in the United States. (The New Yorker)

Brazil: 40,581 (Wikipedia) – Most cases are in São Paulo, the most populous Brazilian state.

India: 17,656 – The country has a population of 1.3 billion people. Their Prime Minister has imposed a nationwide lockdown. There will be a total ban on venturing out of homes. (BBC)

Pakistan: 8,892 (Wikipedia) – 5th most populated country in the world

Mexico: 8,772 (Reuters)

Indonesia: 6,760 – The fourth most populated country in the world already has the most deaths in south-east Asia, but research suggests the official infections so far may only be 2% of the total (The Guardian)

Bangladesh: 2,948 – Bangladesh’s largest vernacular daily Prothom Alo reported last week that only 1,732 testing kits are available in a country of nearly 180 million people. Although, a group of scientists in Bangladesh has developed a $3 testing kit they claim can detect coronavirus in less than 15 minutes. (Aljazeera)

Nigeria: 665 – Nigerians are bracing for a partial lockdown as authorities try to contain the spread of coronavirus cases in the country of about 200 million people. (Aljazeera)

Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, 6-9 am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff, and can now be heard during the afternoon drive 3 to 5 pm at 88.7 The Pulse.