In Just 8 Months, COVID-19 Rises To No. 3 Cause Of Death In U.S.
Coronavirus only lags behind heart disease and cancer. Meanwhile, nursing homes infections reach record levels and Texas joins a grim group of states that have reported more than 10,000 deaths.
COVID-19 Now No. 3 Cause Of Death In US
COVID-19 is currently the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., eight months after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the country. The coronavirus is behind only heart disease and cancer among causes of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Coleman, 8/17)
'A Step Back': COVID-19 Infections Reach All-Time High In US Nursing Homes Amid Surge Of Cases In Sunbelt States
Coronavirus cases in nursing homes have surged to an all-time high, driven by spread of the virus in Sunbelt states, according to a new report. An analysis of federal data shows 9,715 COVID-19 cases during the week of July 26, the most recent data available. The figures eclipsed the previous high of 9,421 cases in the last week of May, according to the report by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. Nearly four in five of coronavirus infections were at facilities in Sunbelt states, where total nursing home cases nearly tripled since mid-June, according to the report. (Alltucker, 8/17)
Texas Becomes 4th State To Surpass 10,000 Virus Deaths
Texas surpassed 10,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths Monday as the lingering toll of a massive summer outbreak continues, and health experts expressed concerns that recent encouraging trends could be fragile as schools begin reopening for 5 million students across the state. Roughly four in every five of those deaths were reported after June 1. Texas embarked on one of the fastest reopenings in the country in May before an ensuing surge in cases led Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to backtrack and impose a statewide mask order. August has seen an improving outlook, although Texas officials are now concerned that not enough people are seeking tests. (Weber, 8/17)