COVID-19 cases in U.S. top 550,000: Johns Hopkins University

The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 550,000 on Sunday afternoon, according to the data released by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. now has 21,994 deaths, making it the hardest-hit country.

The state of New York has recorded 189,020 cases, the most in the country, with a death toll of 9,385.

According to AP, more than 3,300 deaths nationwide have been linked to coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. 

The latest number is up from about 450 deaths just 10 days ago, according to the report.