Johns Hopkins indicated that the U.S. has 82,404 cases, while the Times said there were at least 81,321 people who tested positive for covid-19.
By reaching that mark on Thursday, the country of 330 million people has surpassed the critical points of viruses in China and Italy.
The number of reported cases from Italy stood at 80,539 on Thursday and 81,285 in China, according to an AFP count.
American hospitals have increasingly reported being overwhelmed with covid-19 cases, and 40% of Americans are under blocking orders to prevent the disease from spreading.
At least 1,178 people died of covid-19 in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins, including 100 the day before, in a virus nursery in New York.
Although deaths continue to be higher elsewhere, experts say new numbers of infections show that many more Americans are going to die – and the actual number of cases may be much higher than the official number, due to a lack of test kits.
The official count for the number of coronavirus cases in the United States comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which fell behind external accounts and update cases only at midnight. On Thursday night, the CDC listed 68,440 cases. Therefore, there is a discrepancy between official data and that collected by Johns Hopkins University and the New York Times.