How does COVID-19 compare to this time last year? 8 stats

A lot has happened in one year, yet as the holiday season approaches, Americans are still facing similar challenges amid the ongoing pandemic. 

Below, Becker's zoomed in on COVID-19 numbers from the same day in 2020 and 2021.

Counts reflect data from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center as of 8:25 a.m. CST Nov. 19, 2020, and 8:20 a.m. CST Nov. 24, 2021, unless specified otherwise. 


2020: New COVID-19 cases were rising in 46 states, holding steady in three and decreasing in only Hawaii, according to the COVID Tracking Project. In total, the U.S. had recorded  11,531,743 known virus cases. 

2021: New COVID-19 cases were rising in 37 states and decreasing in 13, according to Nov. 24 local and state data cited by The New York Times. In total, the U.S. has recorded 47,944,266 known virus cases.


2020: The nation broke its COVID-19 hospitalization record reported one day prior, with 79,000 known virus hospitalizations Nov. 18, according to the COVID Tracking Project. On Nov. 19, the seven-day national daily hospitalization average was 83,100, according to the Times.

2021: On Nov. 23, the most recent data available, the seven-day national daily hospitalization average was 50,942, with 52,073 COVID-19 hospitalizations reported Nov. 23, according to the Times.


2020: The U.S. surpassed 250,000 COVID-19 deaths Nov. 18, with 250,579 deaths reported Nov. 19.

2021: In total, 774,580 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the U.S. since the pandemic began.


2020: At this time last year, there were no vaccinations authorized by the FDA and available to the American public. 

2021: As of Nov. 23, 69.5 percent of Americans (230,669,289 people) have received at least one vaccine dose, according to CDC data. Fifty-nine percent (195,973,992) have gotten two doses, and 18.7 percent of that total (36,640,102) have also received a booster dose.

Editor's note: This article was updated Nov. 24 at 8:25 a.m. CT.


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