How many known ACTIVE COVID-19 cases are currently in the US?

The graphic in the attached photo shows data as of August 4, 2020. It lists:

"Confirmed cases 4,773,775"

"Deaths 156,874"

Recovered 1,528,979"

If these data are complete, this would mean there are currently 3,087,922 known ACTIVE cases. However, I never hear anyone use this figure. To me, this would be a useful number to use to determine policy. The number of active cases are the number of potential carriers of the virus. I would think that reopening plans should incorporate this into the risk assessment of imposing/lifting restrictions.

So, again, my question is how many active cases are known to be in the US?

Where is the authoritative number for this to be found?

Update:

To be clear, I don't know the answer to the question. I am speculating based upon these three data sets, but I am skeptical that the number of actual active cases can be derived from these available data. Because, frankly, if that were true, I feel like we'd be hearing someone referencing it to guide policy (i.e. "We have X number of known active cases in this school district, so we cannot resume in-person classes until the number of active cases falls below Y.")

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  • 5 months ago

    If you knew the answer, why did you ask the question?

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