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Delay in Reporting Deaths

Published on July 17th, 2020

Last month, 50,000 new coronavirus cases per day seemed like an alarming milestone. We are now averaging 70,000 per day according to data tracked by The Washington Post.  South Carolina, Nebraska, Utah and Oregon each broke their previous single-day records, pushing the total number of infections detected nationwide past 3.6 million.

Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia actually filed a frivolous lawsuit to block the mayor of Atlanta from requiring masks inside city limits. As Republicans lawmakers mock face-covering mandates, and fights over school reopening plans intensified throughout the country, the U.S. had 77,300 new confirmed cases yesterday and the death toll has surpassed 140,000.  The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced almost 2,000 new confirmed cases and at least 69 newly-reported deaths pushing South Carolina over the thousand confirmed deaths caused by COVID-19.

This chart shows COVID-19 deaths in South Carolina by the date the person actually died.

The COVID-19 prevention strategies of social distancing, face coverings and handwashing will curb the spread of the coronavirus, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

“If we all did that for four, six, eight, 10, 12 weeks, the COVID outbreak in the United States would really be brought to its knees,” Robert Redfield, M.D., CDC director told McKnight’s Thursday. Unfortunately, Republican politicians refuse to allow safe practices.

Previously public data has already disappeared from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website after the Trump administration suspiciously shifted control of the information to the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC regularly published data on availability of hospital beds and intensive care units across the country. But Ryan Panchadsaram, who helps run a data-tracking site called Covid Exit Strategy, said that when he tried to collect the data from the CDC this week, it had suddenly disappeared.

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