By Elliott Ramos, Pedro Barquinha and Jiachuan Wu
February 22, 2021
On Sunday, the United States hit the half-million mark for the number of lives claimed by Covid-19.
Almost a year since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020, 100,000 deaths from Covid-19 in the United States were the low estimate. In the beginning, cities like New York and Chicago were hit hard, especially in communities of color. Then, hot spots in nursing homes and meat packing factories began to appear as the virus hit suburban and rural communities.
The death toll in the United States would eventually eclipse that of all other countries and has claimed many more lives since then.
Scroll the map to trace Covid-19 deaths across the country, from the first death to the hardest-hit county.