(Meredith) -- Cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States have surpassed 8.5 million with more than 226,000 deaths.
According to Worldometer, as of Tuesday, there are 8,520,307 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. According to the same chart, 226,149 people have died from the virus in the U.S. and 5,545,619 have recovered so far.
The U.S. has a population of about 327,200,000, which means about 2.5% of the country has been infected and tested positive. Because of the unknown number of people who may have had the virus and were asymptomatic or were not tested, that number could be higher.
According to these numbers, the mortality rate of positive COVID-19 cases in the U.S. stands at 4.1% (225,222 deaths out of 5,503,268 closed cases), equal to about 1 in 25 people . The mortality rate does not include active cases that have not yet had an outcome.
Because of the unknown number of people who may have had the virus and were asymptomatic or were not tested, the case fatality rate could be lower. The fatality rate of COVID-19 is based on the number of positive, known cases that have been closed.
Of the 8,520,307 infections, California accounts for about 10.5% of the cases with 884,615. The state with the next most cases is Texas with 882,893.
Worldometer's COVID-19 data is trusted and used by Johns Hopkins CSSE, Financial Times, The New York Times, Business Insider, and many others.
The country's first coronavirus case was reported January 20 in Washington state. On March 26, the U.S. became the country with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world when cases topped 82,000, surpassing Italy and China, both of which were previous epicenters of the pandemic.
In March, U.S. health officials predicted the number of cases, deaths and hospitalizations would peak on Easter Sunday, April 12. According to data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), it appears COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. peaked on Thursday, April 16 with 2,272 deaths.
On March 31, President Donald Trump warned of a "painful" and "tough" stretch ahead as he extended nationwide distancing measures that -- even if followed closely -- could still mean more than 100,000 and up to 240,000 Americans die from coronavirus. On April 8, death toll projections lowered significantly, with officials then guessing that around 60,000 Americans would die from the virus by August. Then, on May 1, predictions increased again, with the IHME predicting about 72,400 Americans would die from the virus by August. Now, predictions have increased yet again back to the original high projection. As of Oct. 16, the IHME now predicts that about 390,000 Americans will die of COVID-19 by Feb. 1.
Worldwide coronavirus deaths have reached 1,129,591 with more than 41 million reported cases.
As of Tuesday, the top five countries with the most COVID-19 cases are:
- United States – 8,520,307
- India – 7,649,158
- Brazil – 5,274,817
- Russia - 1,431,635
- Spain - 1,029,668
China, where the virus originated, is number 54 on the list with 85,715 cases.
For more information on COVID-19, you can visit the CDC's website.