Deaths from COVID-19 are seeing a troubling uptick in several states — including New York — even as overall nationwide fatalities appear to be declining, according to new data.
Between March 21 and March 28, the nation recorded 6,987 deaths, down 10.3 percent from the week prior, Reuters reported.
New York, which is seeing one of the highest spikes in infections nationwide behind Michigan, has seen fatalities climb in that period.
Between March 21 and March 28, the Empire State saw a total of 596 deaths, a 27.1 percent increase from the week prior, numbers from Reuters show.
During that week, New Jersey saw a 20.7 percent decrease in deaths with 215 total fatalities.
But between March 25 and April 1, the seven-day average number of deaths spiked in the Garden State, according to data from COVID Act Now, a nonprofit organization that analyzes pandemic data.
On Thursday, the seven day average number of deaths in New Jersey was 37.3 — whereas a week prior the average stood at 36.4, COVID Act Now numbers show.
Meanwhile, Nebraska, Kansas, Hawaii, North Carolina and Tennessee saw the highest increases in total fatalities between March 21 and March 28, Reuters reported.
Nebraska reported 40 new total deaths, a 400 percent increase week-over-week, while Kansas saw 49, a 172.2 percent increase from the week before.
Hawaii saw a 166.7 percent jump week-over-week with eight deaths, North Carolina had 208 deaths, a 61.2 percent jump and Tennessee had 107, a 52.9 percent rise.
So far, more than 99.6 million people, or about 30 percent of the entire US population, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the CDC.
About 56 million people, or 16.9 percent of the population, have completed their vaccination.
Still, the seven-day rolling average for daily new cases in the U.S. increased over the past two weeks from 54,973 on March 17 to 64,029 on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
During a White House briefing on the state of the pandemic Friday morning, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said this is a “pivotal moment for our country” and Americans still need to be careful.
“These data continue to be clear, despite the good news on the vaccination front we simply cannot yet afford to relax the prevention strategies. We must continue the practice of mitigation strategies we know work like wearing a mask and physical distancing, in order to slow the spread of Covid 19 and to see the end of this pandemic,” Walensky said.
“We are better equipped than ever before to take on the serious challenges but we must remain vigilant.”
With Post Wires