March 8, 2020. As of today, there are 521 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the United States. Twenty-one people have died, and the virus has now spread to 33 states and the District of Columbia. The death toll is more than 3,500 people globally, with over 105,000 infections. The Grand Princess cruise ship, with more than 3,500 guests on board has been isolated at sea but is now scheduled to dock at the Port of Oakland. President Trump had not wanted the Grand Princess to dock, although it carried thousands of U.S. citizens, because allowing them back on U.S. soil would raise the number of infected Americans, and the optics for the president would look bad.