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US reaches 1,000 deaths in coronavirus crisis

The death toll in the United States topped 1,000 on Wednesday night as the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country.

America's first death was reported on Feb. 29 and the rate has spiked over the past two weeks as extreme public health measures go into effect to combat the virus. The U.S. death count eclipsed 600 on Tuesday and 900 early Wednesday before reaching 1,031 on Wednesday night, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard..

States and cities have instituted shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The number of cases continues to rise rapidly as testing expands nationwide.

The worldwide death count surpassed 21,000 on Wednesday.