This is your May 15, 2020, Daily Pandemic Update. Follow the daily updates here

  • Global confirmed coronavirus cases – 4,546,070
  • Global coronavirus deaths – 303,863

The number of states in the US reporting 500 or more newly confirmed cases in the last 24 hours climbed from 12 to 19, since Friday of last week. Illinois surpassed New York as the state with the highest count of confirmed cases in the previous day. New Jersey, previously in the #2 spot for weeks, fell to #7. The growth in the number of these hot spot states (which we have been tracking for three weeks) suggests the possible beginning of a second wave. As lockdown orders have ended, social distancing has relaxed, and a subtle surge of newly confirmed cases is spreading across the country.

The US death toll from the coronavirus stands at nearly 87,000 this morning. At the current rate of daily deaths added to this total, the US will hit 100,000 coronavirus deaths by the end of next week, May 22, much earlier than prior predictions suggested

US coronavirus hot zones may 15 2020
States with at least 500 newly confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, coronavirus hot spots – May 15, 2020, Daily Pandemic Update

The hot spots around the world are growing. The total number of countries with 1,000 or more newly confirmed cases in the last 24 hours held at fifteen (same amount as this time last week). The number of confirmed reports within those countries has accelerated significantly. The US, Russia, Brazil, India, and Peru are the global hot spots based on new cases in the last 24 hours.

global coronavirus hot spots May 15, 2020, Daily Pandemic Update
Nations with at least 1,000 newly confirmed cases in the last 24 hours.
May 15, 2020, Daily Pandemic Update

In Yemen, deaths from coronavirus type symptoms have spiked. The failed state cannot keep up with the testing, so many deaths are not officially counted as COVID-19 death yet.

Bad Tests and New Diseases

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of inaccuracies in a previously touted rapid response coronavirus test. The test was supposed to inform a person within one hour if they had the virus. Many false reports were identified after an analysis of the test according to the FDA warning.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory for pediatric inflammatory syndrome. The mystery illness is similar to Kawasaki disease and is related to the coronavirus. So far, more than 100 children in three states have been impacted by the disease, and three deaths have resulted. The disease was found in locations that have seen large outbreaks of the coronavirus.

Reopenings and Protests

Kentucky announced plans to remove its travel ban. America’s largest mall will reopen in Minnesota on June 1. Most counties in Oregon will begin reopening businesses. New York City extended its lockdown, but many parts of the state are reopening. President Trump encouraged the governor of Pennsylvania to reopen the state. Protests against the governor’s lockdown order continued at the Michigan state capitol.

We previously tracked the timeline and spread of the pandemic for the US here and the globe here. The previous trackers will be archived and remain posted for research and record purposes. If you enjoyed this May 15, 2020, Daily Pandemic Update, please consider subscribing to the blog.