The university's running data shows that the global death toll from the virus has reached 304,835, with the number of recoveries exceeding 1.61 million.
Over 4.5 million people worldwide have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and more than 305,000 people have died.
The worldwide count reached 300,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths Thursday afternoon, with the USA death toll making up almost a third of the global tally with nearly 85,000 deaths as some states continue lift stay-at-home orders.
Man in his 50s is latest COVID-19 death in McHenry County
Eight more residents tested positive for COVID-19 in DeKalb County on Thursday, with seven of them coming in patients under 40. Based on contact tracing investigations done by the PCPH, 46 of the county's cases are the result of community spread.
"This virus may never go away", World Health Organization official Dr. Michael Ryan told reporters on Wednesday, adding: "This virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities". Meanwhile, the death toll from the disease in the country hit 85,066.
Europe, meanwhile, pushed ahead with plans to gradually reopen for summer tourism, even as fears persist of a second wave of infections in the pandemic that has forced more than half of humanity behind closed doors in recent months.
While many state and local officials see modest signs of progress in the pandemic fight, coronavirus outbreaks are testing public health networks in pockets of the US. The number has increased 2.5 times a month since the number of people exceeded 120,000 on April 14.