CDC: There Were More Than 200,000 More Deaths Than Usual This Year
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the U.S. has seen 200,000 more deaths this year than would have been expected given previous trends, according to Talking Points Memo.
The estimates include deaths since March 15, with around 162,000 fatalities from COVID-19 since the pandemic began in the US. The 200,000 figure is 50,000 higher than the toll of identified COVID-19 cases, indicating that more Americans have died from the virus or from the surrounding ramifications of the pandemic.
The CDC tracks observed deaths each week based on reports from state departments of health. An online tool shows the data in comparison to estimates based on previous years, allowing epidemiologists to see the course of the pandemic in real-time. The estimate, called ‘excess mortality,’ helps epidemiologists to diagnose the full death toll of the pandemic, including those who died from COVID-19 without a diagnosis, those who had long waits for emergency care, or who postponed treatment of curable conditions.
The past two months have seen cases surging around the U.S., especially in Arizona, Texas, and Florida. Death counts continue to grow. According to an estimate by the New York Times, the only states that maintain death rates at anticipated levels are Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, and West Virginia.