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There are a lot of footprints on many U.S. beaches this Memorial Day weekend as folks seek seashores after weeks of staying home due to the coronavirus. (Photo by Wendy Wei via Pexels)

This Memorial Day long weekend is a big one for numbers.

As most states have relaxed at least some COVID-19 stay home orders, Americans are taking advantage of more openings to celebrate this unofficial start of summer. They are, naturally, heading to spots that offer traditional seasonal activities.

There's no official counts of how many folks have flocked to U.S. beaches and lakes and parks, but the consensus is too many. And from the images posted on social and traditional media, it looks like most are ignoring physical distancing recommendations

No memorial day social distancing Nick Dyer on Twitter
Nick Dyer (@nicholasddyer) May 24, 2020


More than shoreline waves possible:
 The medical community — and the more cautious of us lay people — fear that these festivities could lead to another, even worse surge in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks. 

Spanish flu 2018-2019 waves

Our concern is that the waves in the graph above showing the resurgence of the 1918-19 flu pandemic could be reproduced by today's beach goers (and others). We shall see. Soon.

Additional relief money distributed: Uncle Sam also has some coronavirus-connected numbers, this time related to COVID-19 economic impact payments (EIPs).

On Friday, May 22, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service said announced that almost $258 billion was parceled out in more than 152 million payments. 

That's 25 million more recipients and $42 billion more dollars distributed since the IRS' last EIP update the first week of May.

This past week's delivery data came a few days after Treasury revealed that in addition to paper checks and directly deposited EIPs, it also is sending coronavirus cash on debit cards. It's unclear whether those plastic payments are part of these latest numbers.

What is clear is that the new figures — 152 million and $258 billion — earn this week's By the Numbers honors. 

Treasury and the IRS also released a state-by-state break out, shown in the table below, of where the COVID relief money went.

Economic Impact Payment Totals by State
and Taxpayers Abroad as reported May 22, 2020

State

Total Number
of EIP Payments

Total Amount
of EIP Payments

Alabama

2,332,771

 $3,988,469,624

Alaska

333,429

 $580,774,111

Arizona

3,242,043

 $5,573,167,261

Arkansas

1,428,624

 $2,496,524,966

California

16,869,636

 $27,897,283,972

Colorado

2,605,089

 $4,407,408,401

Connecticut

1,601,397

 $2,609,644,445

Delaware

463,653

 $778,262,906

District of Columbia

308,306

 $421,734,460

Florida

10,618,792

 $17,546,164,251

Georgia

4,763,109

 $8,081,253,826

Hawaii

691,424

 $1,179,264,436

Iowa

1,477,214

 $2,660,402,672

Idaho

808,118

 $1,512,453,150

Illinois

5,729,351

 $9,630,495,809

Indiana

3,174,698

 $5,613,824,661

Kansas

1,310,151

 $2,359,448,490

Kentucky

2,199,370

 $3,824,826,391

Louisiana

2,186,332

 $3,680,836,165

Maine

714,941

 $1,215,239,330

Maryland

2,692,062

 $4,380,831,484

Massachusetts

3,136,787

 $5,028,963,151

Michigan

4,813,156

 $8,286,614,929

Minnesota

2,613,771

 $4,577,086,990

Mississippi

1,427,440

 $2,422,655,854

Missouri

2,933,973

 $5,118,911,639

Montana

527,902

 $932,003,084

Nebraska

887,877

 $1,611,581,538

Nevada

1,496,510

 $2,484,078,422

New Hampshire

676,004

 $1,139,776,925

New Jersey

3,955,396

 $6,507,621,505

New Mexico

997,072

 $1,684,917,178

New York

9,341,632

 $15,034,060,259

North Carolina

4,820,974

 $8,264,415,092

North Dakota

354,768

 $632,983,746

Ohio

5,828,477

 $9,833,041,489

Oklahoma

1,799,803

 $3,190,860,867

Oregon

2,031,861

 $3,425,278,483

Pennsylvania

6,258,107

 $10,596,406,088

Rhode Island

536,218

 $869,615,684

South Carolina

2,443,864

 $4,174,979,940

South Dakota

416,962

 $759,483,658

Tennessee

3,305,606

 $5,693,071,645

Texas

12,396,590

 $21,635,810,592

Utah

1,287,162

 $2,494,199,291

Vermont

327,867

 $555,841,287

Virginia

3,796,975

 $6,447,589,217

Washington

3,453,810

 $5,876,091,642

West Virginia

913,264

 $1,578,210,674

Wisconsin

2,817,912

 $4,948,382,340

Wyoming

270,626

 $488,905,666

Foreign Addresses

748,724

$1,222,795,510

Totals

152,167,600

$257,954,545,196

Check on or register to get your payment: If you haven't received your money yet, either as a paper check or direct deposit of debit card, the IRS urges you to visit its website to check on your EIP status via Get My Payment, as well as find answers to the most common questions the agency is getting about the payments.

And if you don't usually have to file a tax return, register using the non-filer online tool so that your COVID-19 relief payment can be included in the next delivery update.

 

Coronavirus Caveat & More Information
In 2020, we're all dealing with extraordinary circumstances,
both in our daily lives and when it comes to our taxes.
The COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to reduce its transmission
and protect ourselves and our families means that,
for the most part, we're focusing on just getting through these trying days.

But life as we knew it before the coronavirus will return,
along with our mundane tax matters.
Here's hoping that happens soon!
In the meantime, you can find more on the virus and its effects on our taxes
by clicking Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Taxes.

 

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