(CNSNews.com) - Deaths attributed to COVID-19 are once again trending down, based on preliminary death certificates submitted to the National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For the week ending August 1, the NCHS counted 6,356 COVID-involved deaths, a 10.94 percent decline from 7,137 deaths in the prior week and a 62.67 percent decline from the mid-April peak of 17,030 deaths.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, confirmed or presumed COVID-19 deaths declined for ten straight weeks, beginning in the week ending April 18, when 17,030 people died from the virus.
But in the week ending July 4, the number of COVID-involved deaths (4,316) started increasing again and did so for four straight weeks, as the number of cases increased, particularly in Sun Belt hotspots such as Florida, Texas, Arizona and Louisiana.
The chart below shows the ups and downs of deaths related to the coronavirus.
Data for the weeks ending August 8, 15, and 22 are too preliminary to be reliable. CDC notes that the delay between when the death happened and when the death certificate is completed, submitted to NCHS and processed can range from one week to eight weeks or more, depending on the jurisdiction and cause of death.
The most recent weeks are likely to show significant increases.
Based on preliminary data, CDC says 161,687 people have died in this country since the first COVID involved death was reported in the week ending February 8.
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The ten states with the fewest COVID-involved deaths are Alaska, Wyoming, Hawaii, Vermont, Montana North Dakota, West Virginia, Maine, South Dakota and Idaho.
The ten states with the most COVID-involved deaths include New York, New Jersey, California, Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, and Connecticut.