Over 600,000 Americans Dead from Covid-19

Even as things improve, the virus continues to take its toll.

Even as we move into a new, more positive phase of the pandemic, it remains true that it is not yet over. Based on the Worldometers count that we have consistently used here at OTB, the US went over 600,000 death from Covid-19 today.

The trend of both cases and deaths continue in the right direction, but the numbers are also a reminder the pandemic is not over:

The seven-day rolling average for death is 613 as of this writing.

While many more are vaccinated at this point in time than I would have thought possible six months ago, it is a bit discouraging to see how many are unwilling to get their shots.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Gustopher says:

    The trend of both cases and deaths continue in the right direction, but the numbers are also a reminder the pandemic is not over

    The national numbers also hide a lot of local variation. They basically show that last month’s hot-spots are getting under control, and that hides rising numbers elsewhere.

    Not thrilled we’ve moved into the endgame of “get vaccinated or get infected” without giving everyone a change to get vaccinated beforehand.

    Oregon, North Dakota and a few other states only opened up vaccination to everyone on May 1st (at least that was the plan on an April 5th article I found with a quick Google). Those people aren’t fully vaccinated yet.

  2. MarkedMan says:

    The number is probably low by at least 10%. Excess deaths are running that much higher and we know that the death certificates signed by some local coroners (an elected or appointed position that often doesn’t require a medical degree) in Trumper areas have been marked as due to diabetes, an underlying condition, despite suffocating to death in a COVID ward.

  3. Almost as Amerivsns have died of Covid-19 the course of just over a year of the pandemic as died in the died in the Civuk Ear over the course of four years.

  4. Teve says:

    @MarkedMan: I literally had a Trumper relative tell me that so-and-so died, two weeks after getting Covid, middle-aged, but he didn’t really die of Covid because he had diabetes type two. I kept my mouth shut, but I really wanted to ask, how the fuck was his diabetes doing before Covid?

  5. Teve says:

    @Doug Mataconis: Doug is there a private email I can contact you at?

  6. Monala says:

    @Doug Mataconis: took me a while to realize that you meant to type Civil War.