The US COVID-19 death toll officially stands at 60,316 among 1,034,884 cases, according to a tracker maintained by USA Today, but new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that death rates in seven hard-hit states are likely much higher, as total deaths in those states were almost 50% higher than normal from Mar 8 to Apr 11. This means as many as 9,000 additional deaths in the country could be attributed to COVID-19. The CDC data tracks deaths coded as “COVID-19” and deaths from all causes. It’s the second category that saw a significant spike in activity in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Massachusetts, Illinois, Maryland, and Colorado for most of March and the first part of April.

 

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