As the emergency ends, a look at the US death toll from Covid


Since the coronavirus pandemic began more than three years ago, the United States has suffered wave after wave of losses. Federal declaration’s expiration date Covid-19 Public Health Emergency Thursday signals a new outlook on the disease, and marks a moment to look back at the toll the virus has taken.

This map shows where people are dying from Covid at the highest rates. Few places remain the same.

Map of US counties showing the range in death rates per 100,000 people from Covid 19.

Note: Data is from May 10, 2023 through the week ending May 3, 2023.

The pace of deaths has slowed dramatically since early last year, but the death toll has continued to rise. More than 1.1 million people have died.

Graph showing cumulative deaths from Covid-19 in the United States, and the frequency at which they occurred per 100,000 deaths.

While deaths are the lowest since March 2020, Covid still claims a thousand lives every week.

Graph showing weekly deaths from Covid-19 in the US, with the latest count at 1,109 weekly deaths as of May 3.

The disease remains among the leading causes of death in the United States.

A chart ranking the causes of death in the United States, with Covid-19 ranking third in 2020 and 2021, fourth in 2022, and seventh so far in 2023.

Note: * Accidents (unintentional injuries) were the third leading cause of death in 2022 but were not included in the preliminary rankings for 2023 because injury-related causes of death were publicly announced six months after the date of death. Data for 2022 and 2023 are provisional.


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