Reuters reports that last week 17,000 people died from COVID-19, far surpassing the death rates of the former top two killers, heart disease and cancer, which kill about 12,000 people each week. There were 15,500 COVID-19 deaths the previous week, so the post-Thanksgiving surge is growing.
The Dakotas and Iowa reported the most deaths per capita last week, while Rhode Island, Tennessee and Ohio had the highest number of new cases per capita. And according to the Johns Hopkins Tracker, the US has passed 300,000 total deaths.
Across the US, ~12% of CoV-2 tests came back positive, compared to 10.5% the previous week. 32 states had a positive test rate of 10% or more with the highest rates reported in Iowa and Alabama at 50%.
One conclusion from these data is that states that have the most lax restrictions, or most resistance to common-sense safe practices are bearing the brunt of the pandemic.