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Today‘s edition conveys four data tabulations. First, we quantify the distribution of deaths by age cohort, showing the tremendous skewing of deaths towards the older age categories. Persons below age 45 comprise 59% of the US population but have accounted for only 3% of COVID-19 deaths. Conversely, persons age 75 and older represent 6% of the US population but have accounted for a majority (58%) of all COVID deaths.
Second, we show the percentage distribution of deaths by gender within each age cohort. Males are perishing at a much higher rate from COVID-19 than are females.
Third, we tabulated new case growth at the county level comparing April 22-29 versus April 29 – May 6. 50 percent of Americans reside in a county where new case growth increased this week relative to the previous week.
Fourth, we provide detailed data on cases and deaths in each state and US territory. While the number of new confirmed cases decreased this week by 7% relative to the previous week, a massive stream of new cases continues to occur (190,000 new cases were identified from April 29 to May 6). Two-thirds of Americans reside in a state where new case growth increased this week relative to the previous week.