US reports 273 COVID-19 deaths and over 19,700 cases: live updates

The US has reported 273 deaths from the coronavirus as of March 20. The country’s case tally is at least 19,762, with patients reported in all 50 states and Washington, DC. The illness has also spread to Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic on March 11, and two days later President Donald Trump declared a national emergency.

Because county- and state-level health authorities are reporting the latest case counts before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does, Business Insider is tallying those local reports and updating this story regularly to give a comprehensive picture of where the virus is spreading in the US.


The virus originated in Wuhan, China, in December. It causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19.

For the latest global case totals, death tolls, and travel information, see Business Insider’s live updates here.

Here’s everything we know about the coronavirus in the US — in the list below, states are ordered by their number of cases.

Note: This post was last updated at 2 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 21. 

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