|District of Columbia||3.31|
|St. John the Baptist, LA||53.34|
|New Orleans, LA||39.13|
|Prince George, MD||36.39|
|St. James, LA||28.37|
|New York City, NY||25.91|
|St. Charles, LA||22.74|
Across the nation, the death rate has inched up to 2.58%. That's slightly above the estimated morbidity of the 1918 Spanish Flu. However this rate varies wildly across locales. Currently New York, New Jersey and Louisiana have the highest rates. That said, various locales across the nation are also seeing challenges. A good example of this is Prince George county in Maryland. That county as of today records 13 deaths in a relatively small population (~36,000), resulting in high per-capita morbidity.
Meanwhile, the overall cumulative US death rate stands at 2.90 out of 100,000 people.
There are confirmed cases in 62% of US counties. The top hotspots remain New York City and King County (WA). However many areas are spiking. Detroit, New Orleans, Lousiana and Los Angeles are notable examples. Rapid case increases are also being seen in some more rural counties.
Watch the mortality rate. For the world, this rate now exceeds 4.8%. The US death rate has lagged, but now exceeds 2%. By comparison, influenza mortality in a bad year is typically around 0.2%. The "Spanish Flu" of 1918 - which killed over 600k Americans - was at 2.5%. Based on current trends, it appears that COVID-19 will behave more like the Spanish Flu than a seaonal flu.
COVID-19 is a novel organism, new to human populations. Therefore, a very high proportion (up to 70%) of the population could ultimately be infected. Such an infection rate, combined with the current mortality rate, would lead to higher death totals than currently expected.