CDC: COVID Deaths at End of September 53.01% Below Deaths Recorded at End of July

By Susan Jones | November 3, 2020 | 9:09am EST
 Voting in the age of COVID: Hand sanitizer is made available to voters in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 3, 2020. (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)
Voting in the age of COVID: Hand sanitizer is made available to voters in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 3, 2020. (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - COVID-involved deaths in recent weeks are well below the numbers recorded this past summer, based on death certificates submitted to the National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For the week ending September 26, 3,809 COVID-involved deaths were reported to NCHS on a preliminary basis.

That is 30.31 percent below the 5,466 COVID deaths recorded in the week ending August 29; 53.01 percent below the 8,106 deaths recorded in the week ending July 25; roughly equivalent to the 3,791 deaths reported for the week ending June 27; 37.76 percent below the 6,120 deaths recorded in the week ending May 30; and 77.70 percent below the record 17,082 COVID deaths recorded for the week ending April 18.

Since mid-April, COVID-involved deaths have mostly trended down, with brief exceptions in early July and possibly in early October.

The chart below shows the ups and mostly downs, based on death certificates submitted so far.

CDC's National Center for Health Statistics notes that death certificates come in on a lagging basis, meaning that numbers for more recent weeks will increase far more than numbers for earlier weeks.

CDC defines "COVID-involved" deaths as "deaths with confirmed or presumed COVID-19, coded to ICD-10 code U071.1."

The National Center for Health Statistics reports those deaths on a weekly basis, but CDC also offers a "daily tracker" with updated numbers.

According to the Nov. 2nd daily tracker, 77,398 new COVID cases were reported on Monday, for a total of 9,182,628 in this country since the first case was confirmed in January. That works out to 24.4 cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days.

CDC reports 451 additional deaths on Monday, or 0.3 deaths per 100,000 people in the last seven days.

CDC says as of Monday, a total of 230,383 people in this country have died of COVID, which is 9.73 percent of the 2,365,891 deaths from all causes reported to CDC since Feb. 1.

CDC says cases are spiking in many states -- particularly in the upper West/Midwest (Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin) and in Rhode Island.

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