As of March 2, 2020, I’ve started tracking the daily changes and impact of COVID-19 on the US.

Last update: May 20th

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3.28 million people filed for unemployment in the last week

We’ll be ahead of China overnight

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April 1

April 2

6.6M more unemployment claims filed last week

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April 9


6.6 million more people lost their jobs:

Unemployment Ranks Up by 6.6 Million as Coronavirus Hits Jobs - The New York Times

April 10

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April 11

How the Virus Transformed the Way Americans Spend Their Money

April 14

April 15

Transit ridership down 78% in Chicago

Chicago’s COVID-19 Case Growth Slowing, New Data Show - WBEZ

April 16


Coronavirus Live Updates: A Loans Program to Save Jobs Runs Dry; 22 Million Americans Have Filed for Unemployment - The New York Times

5.2 million workers added to unemployment tally

There’s nowhere to hide,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton in Chicago. “This is the deepest, fastest, most broad-based recession we’ve ever seen.

4:42 PM

April 17


Jobless claims soar by 5.25 million to push coronavirus-tied layoffs above 20 million - MarketWatch

The status of COVID-19 antivirals and vaccines

April 18


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April 20

10:20 AM

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April 21

9:39 AM:

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April 22

Illinois Coronavirus Map and Case Count - The New York Times

11:21 PM:

April 23

1:38 PM:

4.4 M more unemployment claims in the past week - 26.5M total

Unemployment Permeates the Economy During the Coronavirus Pandemic - The New York Times

Another look:

11:03 PM:

April 24

10:25 PM:

April 26

We’re quickly approaching 1M cases and 50K deaths in the US:

April 27

Rt is a key measure of how fast the virus is growing. It’s the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. If Rt is above 1.0, the virus will spread quickly. When Rt is below 1.0, the virus will stop spreading.

Illinois is currently measuring R 0.89 - which makes me very happy as a Chicago resident:

More information on Rt can be found at

11:07 PM:

We hit 50K deaths in the US today – a sad milestone.

April 28

Some trend headway in Illinois:

We broke one million cases in the US today:

1M Covid-19 Cases In The US On April 28, 2020

April 29

When Congress passed legislation mandating paid sick leave during the pandemic, it exempted 80% of American workers (the requirement does not apply to any business with more than 500 employees). Some lawmakers say their top priority in the next relief bill will be a liability shield for companies as states reopen, while others focus on worker protections.

April 30

60K deaths:

2020 04 30 Tracking Covid 19 Cases

New reported cases by day appear to be trending down while we’re seeing an uptick in reported deaths (given lag time):

2020 04 30 Tracking Covid 19 New Reported Cases By Day QkLOPJQq

3.8 million more unemployment claims in the last week (30.3M in total in the past six weeks):

2020 04 30 Tracking Covid 19 3.8M Unemployed YkpWCHr1

Interesting reads:

May 3

1.1M cases in the US:

2020-05-03 US Cases

Illinois trending:

2020-05-03 IL Cases

May 4

7-day moving average of new reported cases appears remains consistent:

2020-05-04 Daily Trend - US

Illinois continues to grow - though the number of people tested daily continues to grow:

2020-05-04 Daily Trend - Illinois

10K Americans reach 65 each day, and many are getting caught in the country’s broken retirement system. Notes:

  • Over 30M Americans have applied for unemployment benefits since the pandemic struck - many will lose their jobs permanently and retire earlier than planned.
  • 50% of Americans between the ages of 56-61 had less than $21,000 in retirement savings in 2016 - and not much has changed since (source).
  • 40% of Americans over the age of 60 who are no longer working full-time rely solely on Social Security for their income — with a median annual benefit of ~$17,000 (source).

May 6

1.2M cases in the US (0.3% of the population), 72K dead:

2020-05-06 Global Cases


May 7

Illinois trends:

2020-05-07 IL Trends


May 12

Some positive Illinois trends:

2020-05-12 IL trends

We also had our highest number of tests in 24-hours:

Today is a new high for cases (4,104) but also a new high for tests (29,266) says IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.


May 13

Where people started leaving home again - a look at movement patterns using cellphone data:

2020-05-13 Where People Are Moving

On first glance, I thought this was an article on relocation trends – something I’m following as the pandemic continues to change how we all live.

May 14

Almost 3M U.S. workers filed for unemployment last week:

2020-05-14 US jobless claims

There has been a total of 36.5M claims since the pandemic started – or 23.4% of the estimated workforce (155.7M in 2018).

Currently at 1.4M cases and 85K deaths in the US:

2020-05-14 World Trends

Thankfully, the number of new cases has continued to trend down:

2020-05-14 US trends

May 17

Approaching 1.5M cases and 90K deaths in the US:

2020-05-17 global cases

A look at trends in Illinois:

2020-05-17 Illinois trending

2,088 new cases were reported yesterday.

A look at Chicago cases - the NYT notes the city’s status as flattening:

2020-05-17 Chicago Cases

Currently at 3.49 new cases per 1,000 people (or 1 in 286).

Your daily commute won’t ever be the same” - a good article from National Geographic

May 18

1.5M cases and 90K deaths:

2020-05-18 global trends

We’re seeing some week-over-week day of week improvements in Illinois:

2020-05-18 Illinois cases

May 19

A Congressional oversight committee released a report on the CARES Act’s s $500 Billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Funds. Highlights:

  • More than one quarter of the U.S. economy has been idled — a fall in output equivalent to what occurred between 1929 and 1933 during the Great Depression.
  • Over the eight weeks ending on May 9, 36.5 million Americans filed unemployment claims. When combined with the 7.1 million Americans already unemployed as of March 13, the total equals more than 40 million. Between people who are unemployed and underemployed, some experts estimate that the real unemployment rate is actually 22.8% or as high as 25%.
  • A Federal Reserve survey found that among people who were working in February, almost 40% of those in households making less than $40,000 a year had lost a job in March.
  • Of the $500 billion allocated, the Treasury Department has dispersed $37.5 billion to the Federal Reserve.


May 20

All 50 states have begun to reopen to some degree - many states require masks and for folks to social distance when gathering.

A prototype vaccine has protected monkeys from the virus. Small numbers (8 monkeys), but a great development nonetheless.

CDC releases guidance for reopening. A 60-page document that is similar to the draft version that was shelved by the White House, but with toned down guidance and section on ‘communities of faith’ removed.