NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The U.S. has hit a grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, surpassing 200,000 deaths a little more than six months after the pandemic began.
The nation topped 200,000 deaths on Saturday, according to NBC News.
Other counts, including John Hopkins University's, put the number just shy of 200,000 on Saturday.
It comes almost four months after the U.S. hit 100,000 deaths on May 27.
New York and New Jersey have seen the most COVID deaths respectively, followed by Texas, California and Florida.
Officials said Friday that the pandemic was the "largest mass fatality incident in modern New York City history."
Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said on March 30 that the U.S. could see 100,000 to 200,000 deaths if Americans worked together to beat back the virus.
"We don't even want to see that," Birx told Savannah Guthrie of NBC’s “Today” show.
At the time, less than 3,000 people in the U.S. had died from COVID-19.