After July surge, Coronavirus deaths start on plateau in August

A month after Coronavirus deaths started surging from their lowest point since the beginning of the outbreak in March, virus deaths this week nationally seemed to hit a plateau around 1,050 deaths per day, as new virus cases have also eased off of their recent record highs.

While 1,243 Coronavirus deaths were reported on Thursday in the U.S. - the third straight day of over 1,000 deaths - the 7-day average ticked back down to 1,049 deaths per day, and has basically been at that level for the last six days.

Meanwhile, new virus cases - which were averaging 63,000 per day at the end of July - have come down to around 55,000 per day.

“What we’re seeing in the South and the West now, is you can see the peaking of cases,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told the Alliance for Health Policy in a livestream interview.

While new cases started to rise in mid-June - when they were averaging about 21,000 per day - deaths did not really increase for another three weeks, after the running average dropped to 465 per day on July 6.

In the month since then, deaths have clearly gone up, led by four states: Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas.

While Arizona peaked at 80 deaths per day in late July, and has dropped back to 54 deaths per day, California, Florida, and Texas have all continued to increase their daily virus deaths.

The four states combined for an average of 167 deaths per day on July 6 - that figure now stands at 575 deaths per day.

“First and foremost, we will defeat the China virus,” President Donald Trump said during a stop in Ohio on Thursday.  “We’re working very, very hard.” 

Jamie Dupree, CMG Washington News Bureau

Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau


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