U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Projected to Surpass 200,000 by October

By RADIO.COM

Over one million people and counting have tested positive for coronavirus in the United States.

According to a new model, COVID-19 deaths in the United States could surpass 200,000 by October, the New York Post reported.

As the country continues to reopen, a report from the University of Washington predicts the death toll from the virus can reach 201,129 by October 1.

“It is increasingly clear that COVID-19’s toll will extend beyond the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere, and current epidemics could easily worsen as the Southern Hemisphere nears its winter season,” the university’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) said.

The University of Washington's model also showed that Florida could be one of the hardest-hit states with 18, 675 deaths by October.

The university's findings are based on multiple factors and researchers note an individual's behavior can play a major role in how things actually pan out.

"We're making a forecast, clearly what individuals choose to do can moderate that forecast," IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray told CBS News. "If mask use starts to go back up in states where it's not very high, that is likely to be very helpful. And if people avoid contacts with people outside their household... that will also moderate the effect."

Health officials across the nation have warned Americans about a second wave of coronavirus cases.

Now, as stay-home orders relax and reopening plans advance to later phases, some states are seeing a rise in COVID-19 infections.

At least 19 states are currently experiencing a trend of new increasing cases. One of these states, Arizona, is bracing for impact, with officials urging hospitals to activate emergency plans. Dr. Cara Christ, the state's Director of Health Services, has asked that hospitals "be judicious" in elective surgeries to guarantee bed capacity.

While 24 U.S. states are trending downward in their COVID rates, seven states remain steady. Additionally, since Memorial Day, hospitalizations for the virus have increased in at least 12 states, including Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

While the US remains at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, back in May, the country surpassed the shocking milestone of over 100,000 deaths from the virus.

As of Wednesday, there have been at least 116,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States since the begining of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins, reported Fox News.

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