There were 114,411 COVID-19 deaths in the United States between May 1 and August 31. This is according to the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), who also recorded the age, sex, race and ethnicity, region of residence and place of death of the people who succumbed to the virus. The deaths recorded were in the U.S.'s 50 states and Washington D.C.
According to the NVSS, 64.3 percent of the COVID-19 deaths – or over 73,000 people – occurred in inpatient health care settings such as hospitals. This is followed by deaths in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities at 21.5 percent – or around 24,000 people. Twelve percent of deaths occurred at the home of the deceased (5.2 percent), a hospice facility (3.7 percent) and at a health care setting as an outpatient or at a hospital's emergency department (3.1 percent). Other deaths, deaths of unknown origin and people who were pronounced dead on arrival at a health care facility accounted for the remaining 2.2 percent of decedents.
The CDC warns that their data shows that more and more “noninstitutionalized and younger persons” are dying from COVID-19, given the fact that the percentage of coronavirus deaths coming from nursing homes and other long-term care facilities has significantly decreased. Nursing homes were important sites for COVID-19 deaths early on in the American outbreak. (Related: FACT CHECK: New CDC study showing majority of people infected with coronavirus wore MASKS only demonstrates yet again that the tests aren't reliable.)
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The data gathered by the CDC from the NVSS also shows that people over the age of 65 made up the majority of COVID-19 deaths between May and August.
According to the data, 21.7 percent of the people who died from COVID-19 are between the ages of 65 and 74. Twenty-six percent of the deaths come from people aged 75 to 84, and 30.4 percent come from people 85 and above.
People between the ages of 50 to 64, though not dying at the same rate, were also more susceptible to the virus, with the age range representing 16.4 percent of coronavirus deaths. People who were 49-years-old and below only accounted for less than six percent of all COVID-19 fatalities.
The data further shows that there has been a shift in where a majority of the coronavirus deaths are coming from. Earlier in the American outbreak, most of the cases and the deaths were occurring in the northeastern United States, in places like New York City. Now, the virus has moved to the country's south and west.
The CDC is strongly suggesting that the coronavirus' shift to the south and the west can be explained by “differential implementation of community mitigation efforts… including earlier reopening efforts in selected jurisdictions.”
Furthermore, the CDC's data shows that disproportionate numbers of Hispanics or Latinos are dying from the coronavirus. Some of this increase can be attributed to the fact that more cases are appearing in the American South and West, where there are larger Hispanic and Latin American populations. However, their analysis found that the geographic shift isn't enough to account for all of the increase in Hispanic or Latino decedents.
The CDC believes that Hispanic or Latino populations, as well as other ethnic and racial minorities like African Americans, are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus because they're more likely to be exposed to it. Their report states:
“Inequities in the social determinants of health can lead to increased risk… For example, persons from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups might be more likely to live in multigenerational and multifamily households, reside in congregate living environments, hold jobs requiring in-person work, have limited access to health care, or experience discrimination.”
The CDC believes that their report can help inform the current and future policies of public health officers. With coronavirus cases once again on the rise, they believe that the best course of action is for efforts to focus on early detection of the virus among disproportionately affected groups, like the elderly, Hispanics and people from the American South.
They have also continued to reiterate their support for the use of face masks, regular handwashing and the following of social distancing guidelines.
As of press time, the United States has had over 8 million cases of COVID-19, including over 220,000 deaths. Learn more about the progression of the coronavirus in the country by reading the latest articles at Pandemic.news.