Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that there were a total of 200,700 additional deaths during the pandemic – more than the confirmed death toll of 160,000 COVID-19.
In August, the United States continued to amass the largest death toll from COVID-19 around the world, as the number reached 160,000 this week.
But according to a New York Times analysis of CDC data, there were in fact 200,700 additional deaths in the country from March 15 to July 25.
The estimated 200,700 additional deaths are 54,000 higher than the official CDC COVID-19 death toll during that specific time period, which is 146,254.
Additional deaths by CDC standards are defined as “the difference between the observed number of deaths in specific time periods and the expected number of deaths in the same time periods.”
Based on CDC data analyzed by The New York Times, places like New York City, New Jersey and New York were among the top five states that recorded more-than-normal deaths during the pandemic
New York State, and New York City in particular, topped the analytics data due to the highest number of excessive deaths during the pandemic to date. Pictured: Health workers drive a person outside Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the coronavirus disease outbreak
The NYT analysis went beyond just COVID-19-related deaths and included deaths from all causes during that time period, according to CDC reporting.
This provides a window into the United States death toll that does not depend on the availability of COVID-19 testing in states or the accuracy of reporting in different regions.
The CDC noted that some deaths related to COVID-19 could be accidentally counted under a different category.
Since some deaths from COVID-19 can be attributed to other causes of death (for example, if COVID-19 was not diagnosed or not listed on the death certificate), all-cause mortality tracking can provide information about deaths from being observed, even if COVID-19 mortality may be too low, ”the agency wrote.
Pictured: A chart shows the weekly additional deaths recorded by the CDC between April and July
Members of the 128th Brigade Support Battalion of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard work loading cartons of food into cars at a distribution for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Pennsylvania
The process of counting COVID-19 deaths, and deaths in general during the pandemic, is also marred by several states, and the CDC has a delay in reporting.
The CDC’s estimates are adjusted based on how past death rates have lagged.
But the numbers are clear: More Americans died from March 15 to July 25 of this year than in previous years, and the official COVID-19 death toll contributed to much of that.
This is at odds with the Trump administration’s position that the death toll in COVID-19 is greatly exaggerated and that a number of conservatives have assumed the conspiracy that the numbers were inflated for political gain.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, previously dispelled that notion by noting that the death toll is “ almost certainly higher, ” it is reported.
Only Alaska, Hawaii, Maine and West Virginia show death tolls similar to previous years
Pictured: Cars line up at a federally-supported drive-thru coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test site at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, experiencing a high rate of excessive deaths
Above-average death rates have become common in a number of states, including New Jersey and New York.
The data from the NYT shows that New York City, the country’s original pandemic epicenter, has seen the greatest increase with 27,000 excessive deaths – seven times more than usual.
Likewise, the analysis found that several sates with deaths increased at least 10 percent above the mean level.
New Jersey recorded an estimated 18,000 additional deaths during that four-month period, while New York State has 14,200 of such deaths.
Only Alaska, Hawaii, Maine and West Virginia show death tolls similar to previous years.
|State||% above average||Excess deaths||Reported COVID-19 deaths from 3/15 to 7/25||Gap|
|* New York City||143||27,200||22,946||4,200|
|New York (excluding NYC)||40||14,200||9,347||4,900|