CDC: We could soon see 30,000 COVID-19 deaths a week

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By Al Tompkins, Poynter

Pandemic models show the United States topping 400,000 deaths and rocketing toward a half million sometime in February. It is not just one pandemic model showing the situation getting worse. All of them say that.


California just passed 30,000 COVID deaths. 30,000 Texans have also died from COVID-19. And, in the weeks to come, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, the United States will see 30,000 COVID-19 deaths a week.

That is what our current rate of 4,000 deaths per day will bring.

The CDC says 92,000 COVID-19 deaths are possible and probable in the next three weeks in the United States.

In the past week, deaths are up by at least 10% in half of all states. Daily fatalities are rising in 33 states and up by more than 10% in more than 25 states. In Alabama, deaths rose by 203% over the past seven days.  Alabama has administered the lowest number of COVID-19 vaccines in proportion to their population.

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