As Emergency Ends, a Look at Covid’s U.S. Death Toll

Since the coronavirus pandemic began more than three years ago, the United States has suffered wave after wave of loss. The expiration of the federal declaration of the Covid-19 public health emergency on Thursday signals a new outlook on the disease, and it presents a moment to look back at the toll the virus has taken.

This map shows where people have died of Covid at the highest rates. Few places were left untouched.

A map of U.S. counties showing the range in death rates per 100,000 people from Covid 19.

Note: Data as of May 10, 2023, through the week ending May 3, 2023.

The pace of deaths has slowed greatly since early last year, but the toll has continued to climb. More than 1.1 million people have died.

A chart showing cumulative deaths from Covid-19 in the United States, and the pace at which each 100,000 deaths occurred.

While deaths are at the lowest level since March 2020, Covid still takes the lives of a thousand people every week.

A chart showing the weekly deaths from Covid-19 in the United States, with the latest count at 1,109 weekly deaths as of May 3.

And the disease remains among the leading causes of death in the United States.

A chart ranking causes of death in the United States, with Covid-19 ranking third in 2020 and 2021, fourth in 2022, and seventh so far in 2023.

Note: *Accidents (unintentional injuries) were the third leading cause of death in 2022 but are not included in the 2023 preliminary ranking because injury-related causes of death are publicly released with a lag of six months from the date of death. Data for 2022 and 2023 is provisional.


Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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