Projected U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Jump as States Reopen
By Claire Hansen/U.S. News
A RESPECTED MODEL FOR projecting coronavirus deaths in the U.S. has raised its total by 10,000 over a tally released just two days ago as more states begin to reopen businesses shuttered in the last two months in an effort to stem the spread of the pandemic.
A model by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington now predicts that roughly 147,000 Americans could die from the virus by Aug. 4. The new figure is driven by an upward revision in estimated deaths from several individual states since the organization’s May 10 forecast, in some cases because of the easing of social distancing restrictions.
North Carolina is projected to see roughly 4,400 deaths by August, an increase of more than 3,000 over the total predicted Sunday. Projected deaths tolls in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Maryland also shot up considerably compared to the previous model.