Confirmed total cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, surpassed 300,000 worldwide over the weekend, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

As testing capabilities expanded over the past week, the number of confirmed cases in the United States continued to climb. The U.S. now has the third-largest number of confirmed cases, behind China and Italy, respectively.

As of Sunday afternoon, there were more than 31,000 confirmed cases in the United States; 390 people have died and 176 people have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins.

Across the country, more and more Americans have been ordered to stay home. In the last few days, governors in Illinois, California and New York issued stay-at-home orders. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order for that state on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Ohio Department of Health and Gov. Mike DeWine signed a statewide stay-home order for Ohioans. The state has reported 351 confirmed cases and three deaths. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards followed suit for his own state, with stay at home measures effective Monday at 5 p.m. Louisiana has reported 837 cases and 20 deaths.

“Bottom line is we’re in a race against time when it comes to this coronavirus and its rapid spread in Louisiana,” Edwards said at a press conference Sunday.

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https://www.npr.org/2020/03/22/819782312/governors-order-residents-to-stay-home-as-u-s-confirmed-cases-of-covid-19-rise