(CNSNews.com) - As expected, the most recent death certificates submitted to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show at least three straight weeks of increased deaths involving the COVID-19 virus.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, deaths involving the virus started rising on July 4, following ten straight weeks of decline from the mid-April peak of 17,010.
The latest data, based on actual death certificates, shows week-to-week increases of 13.79 percent for the week ending July 4 (4,108 deaths, up from 3,610 in the prior week); an 18.98 percent increase for the week ending July 11 (4,888 deaths, up from 4,108 in the week ending July 4); and a 9.88 percent increase for the week ending July 18 (5,371 deaths, up from 4,888).
Data for the weeks ending July 25 (4,200 deaths), August 1 (1,557), and August 8 (154) is too preliminary to be reliable.
The CDC's National Center for Health Statistics notes there is a lag time between when a death with "confirmed or presumed COVID-19" occurred and when the death certificate is completed, submitted to NCHS and processed for reporting purposes. This delay can range up to 8 weeks or more, depending on the jurisdiction and cause of death.
The CDC frequently updates the provisional COVID death count. Right now, the increases for May and earlier months are smaller than they are for more recent months. It is very possible that next week's update will show a fourth week of increased COVID deaths for the week ending July 25.