U.S. Just Surpassed 650,000 Covid Deaths—These 8 States Have The Highest Fatality Rates

More than 650,000 Americans have died from Covid-19 as of Wednesday, another jarring milestone in a pandemic that’s claimed more than 1,000 U.S. lives per day on average — but some states have sustained especially large death tolls:

At least 650,532 Americans have died from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, averaging more than 1,100 deaths per day since the first coronavirus death was reported in late February 2020, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

New Jersey — which faced a brutal early surge of Covid-19 infections in spring 2020 — has the nation’s highest coronavirus death rate, totaling 303 fatalities per 100,000 residents since the start of the pandemic last year, according to CDC data.

Mississippi has the second-highest death rate, at 291 per 100,000 people, a toll driven partly by a recent wave of infections that’s left Mississippi with the nation’s third-highest rate of new cases per day in the last week.

New York has suffered 279 deaths per 100,000, the country’s third-highest rate, according to CDC total death counts and Census Bureau population figures — the death rate statistics published by the CDC list New York City (403 deaths per 100,000) separately from the rest of New York state (184).

Another five states have death rates above 250 per 100,000 residents: Louisiana (273), Massachusetts (265), Arizona (261), Rhode Island (261) and Alabama (253).

Some 15 other states have suffered more than 200 deaths per 100,000 residents, including larger states like Pennsylvania (221), Florida (218), Michigan (217), Georgia (217) and Illinois (210).

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