More than a quarter of total Covid-19 cases in the United States have been reported in the past month during the Omicron surge, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
The US has recorded nearly 69 million total Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, and nearly 18 million of them have been reported over the past month.
Omicron has been the dominant strain in the US throughout the past month. The US confirmed its first case of Omicron on Dec. 1, 2021, and it became the dominant variant less than three weeks later during the week of Dec. 19. Between Dec. 19 and Dec. 25, Omicron accounted for about 74% of sequenced samples, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that total Covid-19 case counts are four times higher than the reported total through September 2021. This gap between reported and actual case counts may have grown even more in recent months as at-homes tests have become more common.
There are an average of about 764,000 new Covid-19 cases reported each day in the US, and at least one in five people in the US has tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Covid-19 hospitalizations are currently at a record high and deaths are rising, too. There are nearly 1,800 new deaths reported each day now, and nearly 860,000 people in the US have died of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Track the spread of coronavirus in the US here and see how cases have changed over time in the chart below: