Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data shows that COVID-19 caused more deaths in 2021 than it did in 2020.
The disease was reported as the underlying cause of death or a contributing cause of death for an estimated 377,883 people in 2020, accounting for 11.3% of deaths, according to the CDC.
As of late Sunday, 770,461 people total have died as a result of the coronavirus, CDC data says. That means around 14,700 more people have died in 2021 than last year due to COVID-19 — and there’s still more than a month left in the year for that number to grow.
The CDC figures only account for reported deaths, and it’s likely that more people died in 2020 due to COVID-19 than the recorded number; 2020 coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. weren’t tracked until February.
In 38 states, new COVID cases are on the increase. Health officials were anticipating a spike in the number of these cases in the winter.
Experts believe the sudden surge in cases is due to a mix of factors, including the seasonality and waning immunity of many Americans who are still not vaccinated.
Despite the rising cases, fully-vaccinated family members can “absolutely” enjoy the holidays together inside without wearing masks, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday.
In the news also:
►About 4 million federal workers must be vaccinated Monday under President Biden’s executive order aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
►89.8% of adult New Yorkers have at least one vaccine dose, New York Governor Kathy Hochul Twitter announcement.
►Connecticut is experiencing a more rapid increase in COVID-19 cases than any other state: The state has averaged 738 daily cases over the last week, which represents a 116% increase over two weeks earlier, the Hartford Courant reported.
📈Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 47 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 771,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global summaries: There have been more than 257,000,000 cases worldwide and there has been 5.1 million deaths. More than 196 million Americans – 59.1% of the population – are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
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Andrew Cuomo misrepresented COVID nursing home toll, report says
New York Assembly investigates former governor. Andrew Cuomo was found to have misrepresented the death rate of COVID-19 among nursing home residents by his administration, as per a review of the secret report.
The report, compiled by the New York City law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, covers a wide array of allegations of misconduct by Cuomo, including sexual harassment claims and the participation of his staff in writing his book on the coronavirus pandemic.
The manipulation of COVID-19 death data by the Cuomo administration as it was presented to the public is another topic.
The Associated Press and other news organizations reported on gaps in the state’s statistical accounting of fatalities, including the administration’s decision to exclude from its nursing home death totals thousands of patients who died after being transferred to hospitals.
According to Davis Polk’s investigators, the State Department of Health had wanted those deaths from hospitals included in its nursing home death count.
“The investigation showed that as they were considering these matters, the book deal was going on, there’s a chapter in the book about nursing homes,” said Steck, a Democrat who represents part of the Albany area. “They were trying to make it as what they thought was least damaging to the governor instead of just telling the truth.”
— Associated Press
Contributing to The Associated Press