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Nearly 225,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 since the start of 2022 despite viral declines, data shows

While daily death rates have fallen slightly since August, updated federal data shows the U.S. continues to lose hundreds of Americans every day to COVID-19, and 225,000 people have died in the U.S. from the virus since the beginning of 2022.

On average, more than 350 U.S. deaths related to COVID-19 are still reported every day, and the U.S. has reported nearly 2,500 deaths in the past seven days, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, the totals remain much lower than during previous COVID-19 peaks, such as in January 2021, when an average of 3,500 people were lost to the virus every day.

In this April 14, 2022 file photo, nursing assistants prepare a room at Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California.

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The reaching of another grim milestone follows President Joe Biden’s comments on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday, in which he said “the pandemic is over.”

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“We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. It’s — but the pandemic is over,” Biden said.

Earlier this week, public health experts reversed the president’s claim, telling ABC News that that pandemic is not over and that Biden’s comments may be a bit premature.

In an interview with ABC News on Thursday, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky reluctant to directly agree with the president’s claim that “the pandemic is over,” but with hospitalizations and cases falling, and vaccines and treatments available, she said “we’re in a different place.” “

“I think when we look at the big picture, things are very different,” she said. “We are in a different place. Schools are open and businesses are open. We have a lot of immunity among the population right now.”

However, Walensky said that while fewer people are currently dying from the virus in the US each day, hundreds of Americans are still dying each day from COVID-19 — a death rate that is still too high.

“Three hundred and fifty deaths a day is still too much for me, but we are in a very different place,” Walensky added.

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PHOTO: A nurse enters a room in the COVID ICU on August 5, 2022 to administer treatment to a patient at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City.  covid

A nurse enters a room in the COVID ICU on August 5, 2022 to administer treatment to a patient at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. covid

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As the US moves into the fall, wastewater levels in some parts of the country indicate a slight increase in the percentage of COVID-19 virus in samples. Still, the daily average of new infections hovers around 55,000 cases.

However, dozens of states have moved to close public testing sites, and more at-home COVID-19 testing is now available. Most Americans don’t report their results to officials, which is why experts suggest infection totals are likely significantly understated.

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COVID-19 testing levels have also fallen to their lowest point since the start of the pandemic, with about 350,000 tests per day, compared to more than 2.5 million tests reported daily at the country’s peak in January this year. year.

In recent weeks, virus-related hospitalizations have continued to decline — with 30,000 virus-positive Americans receiving care in the US, down from about 33,000 hospitalized patients last week, according to data collected by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The number of virus-positive Americans — 4,100 — currently entering the hospital each day has fallen 6.8% in the past week.

Overall, the total remains significantly lower than at the country’s peak last January, when more than 160,000 patients were hospitalized with the virus.

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