Covid-19 now kills more than 1 American every minute. And the rate keeps accelerating as the death toll tops 300,000

Every day, the number of families mourning the death of a loved one to Covid-19 keeps growing at a devastating rate.More than...

Posted: Dec 14, 2020 1:15 PM
Updated: Dec 14, 2020 3:15 PM

Every day, the number of families mourning the death of a loved one to Covid-19 keeps growing at a devastating rate.

More than 300,000 people in the US have died from coronavirus since the first known death on February 6. That's an average of more than 961 deaths a day.

But this holiday season has been especially brutal, with more than 50,000 deaths in just the past month, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In the past week, an average of 2,403 people in the US have died from Covid-19 every day.

That's an average of one Covid-19 death every 40 seconds.

'Any death from Covid is a terrible tragedy,' Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNN on Monday.

And the effects go beyond families directly impacted by coronavirus.

'I lost my father in April. I wasn't able to see him for the month-and-a-half before. I've gotten to experience the pain of individuals who can't be with their relatives,' Azar said. 'The pain and the anguish in our health care system in our country is real.'

Doctors say the death toll will keep accelerating this winter, as Covid-19 hospitalizations reach unprecedented and unsustainable levels.

On Sunday, a record-high 109,331 people were hospitalized with Covid-19, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

And while widespread vaccination is on the horizon, it'll be at least several months before most Americans can get vaccinated.

In the meantime, Americans are largely in control of how many more families will lose loved ones during the holidays.

That hinges on personal responsibility:

Wear a mask anytime you're around someone who doesn't live in your household (even if that's in your own home).

If 95% of Americans consistently wore masks, it could save an estimated 56,000 lives by April 1, according to the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Don't rely on a negative test result to see friends and extended family.

And if you want to socialize without wearing a mask, create a strong bubble to keep everyone happy and healthy throughout this winter.

Small sacrifices made now could prevent your family from being the next to lose a loved one.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3566914

Reported Deaths: 52158
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles119192321435
Riverside2894503767
San Bernardino2866072874
Orange2612203917
San Diego2600913284
Santa Clara1106211777
Kern102627827
Fresno953931443
Sacramento932811472
Alameda806681242
Ventura77623844
San Joaquin665691101
Contra Costa62248681
Stanislaus56132946
Tulare47784758
Monterey42138328
San Mateo38998515
San Francisco34260412
Santa Barbara31805411
Solano30024164
Merced28915397
Sonoma28141298
Imperial26903591
Kings21955218
Placer19763232
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15467209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12834185
Shasta10985174
Butte10962160
El Dorado9095100
Napa903869
Sutter884597
San Benito576759
Yuba573337
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Nevada396074
Tuolumne394659
Mendocino379643
Amador346341
Humboldt318033
Lake315641
Glenn222523
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128737
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3957
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
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