Coronavirus Deaths in U.S. Plunge in Recent Weeks as New Cases Hit Record Levels

Coronavirus-linked deaths across the U.S. have been dropping over the past few weeks, even as the country hit record levels in the number of new confirmed cases in recent days, a Breitbart News analysis of the seven-day average of fatalities revealed.

Most coronavirus databases rely on moving averages of cases and deaths because the numbers fluctuate day-by-day.

Although the seven-day average of fatalities had been steadily dropping in recent weeks, it appears to have stabilized in the last few days at a level well below its peak.

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States reported over 44k new cases, the new normal. The 7-day average of new cases per day has doubled since 6/13, and now exceeds 41k.

Current hospitalizations saw their biggest jump since 4/21.

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— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) June 30, 2020

Deaths are down week-over-week, which continues to be good news. However hospitalizations keep rising, now up 19% over their low point two weeks ago. FL may soon start reporting COVID hospitalizations, which is great news.

Big testing day!

— Conor Kelly (@CohoKelly) June 30, 2020

There were 332 reported deaths today. The 7-day average in deaths remains about unchanged.

Why are deaths falling or holding steady while cases rise?

Probably for a few reasons:

— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) June 29, 2020

The reported number of daily deaths related to COVID-19, the disease associated with the coronavirus, is not paralleling the number of new cases.

Not everyone who contracts COVID-19 succumbs to the disease. The vast majority of fatalities involve seniors and individuals with chronic underlying health conditions.

Some mainstream media outlets reported that the daily number of cases hit a daily record of more than 47,000 on Tuesday.

Last Friday, the United States reportedly saw its second-highest single-day number of new confirmed cases at over 45,000.

The number of confirmed cases is no longer falling in any region of the country.

The Northeast has been flat for 12 days. The Midwest is rising again.

— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) June 30, 2020

There is a patchwork of guidelines across the United States for reporting deaths, with some states reporting probable coronavirus fatalities, while others do not.

Some databases provided a lower estimate for the reported number of deaths on Tuesday, while others offered a higher one.

There tends to be a lag time between infection and death, so the number of fatalities could spike in the next couple of weeks.

However, as of Tuesday, the seven-day average of deaths stood well below its peak level despite what the New York Times described as two “days with a data reporting anomaly” from NYC after the city released additional fatalities that drove the overall numbers in the U.S. up on June 25 and June 30.

Breitbart News learned of the fairly steady plunge over the last few weeks in the number of daily new deaths from several databases, maintained by the Times, COVID-Tracking Project, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, and cited by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).