Daily COVID Death Tolls Hit a Record High This Week in These 21 States

Total confirmed coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are approaching 300,000. The average daily death toll reached 2,401 on Wednesday, the country's highest level since the outbreak began, according to data compiled by Worldometer.

Here we look at 21 states that have reported record average daily death counts in recent days, according to the statistics website.

All death data below is from Worldometer and the average death counts reflect a seven-day average of fatalities. All population data below is from the U.S. Census Bureau.

California

The average death toll in California has been rising sharply from mid-November, after declining from early August. The figure flattened out from late April to early July, before rising again through early August, according to Worldometer.

Illinois

The average death count in Illinois has been increasing sharply since early November, after declining from mid-May and flattening out from early July to early November, according to Worldometer.

Ohio

The average death tally in Ohio has also been increasing sharply from early November. The figure declined from mid-May and flattened out from mid-July to early November, according to Worldometer.

Tennessee

The average death toll in Tennessee has been rising since early July, after flattening out before then from late March, according to Worldometer.

Wisconsin

The average death tally in Wisconsin has been rising since early October, after flattening out from late March, according to Worldometer.

North Carolina

While the average death toll in North Carolina rose sharply from early late November, the figure remained flat for most of the outbreak from late April, according to Worldometer.

Indiana

The average death toll in Indiana has been increasing sharply from early October, after flattening out for months from late June. The figure rose on a steep incline from late March before declining from early May, according to Worldometer.

Minnesota

The average death tally in Minnesota has been rising sharply from early October. The figure remained flat from early July, after declining from early June, according to Worldometer.

Missouri

The average death toll in Missouri has been increasing since mid-September, after remaining flat for most of the outbreak from late March, according to Worldometer.

Alabama

The average death count in Alabama has been rising sharply since late November but remained flat for most of the pandemic from late March, according to Worldometer.

Colorado

The average death toll in Colorado sharply rose from late October, after flattening out from early July. The figure increased from late March to late April before declining through early July, according to Worldometer.

Iowa

The average death tally in Iowa saw a sharp increase from early December, after flattening out for most of the outbreak since early April, according to Worldometer.

The state reported the country's second-highest number of deaths per 100,000 people in the last seven days, according to the latest report Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Oklahoma

The average death toll in Oklahoma rose sharply from mid-October, after remaining flat for months from mid-April, according to Worldometer.

Kansas

The average death tally in Kansas has been increasing on a steep incline from early October, after flattening out for most of the outbreak from early April, according to Worldometer.

In the past seven days, Kansas reported the country's fourth-highest number of deaths per 100,000 people, according to the CDC.

Nebraska

The average death count in Nebraska has been rising sharply from mid-October, after flattening out for months from late March, according to Worldometer.

Tied with Kansas, Nebraska also recorded the country's fourth-highest number of deaths per 100,000 people in the last seven days, according to the CDC.

Arkansas

The average death tally in Arkansas has been increasing since early July, rising on a steep incline from early December. The figure flattened out from late March to early July, according to Worldometer.

Nevada

The average death toll in Nevada has been rising sharply since early November, after declining from late August. Before then, the figure decreased from mid-April and rose again from late June, according to Worldometer.

Idaho

The average death tally in Idaho has been increasing sharply since mid-October, after staying flat for most of the outbreak since early April. The figure rose from early July to early August and flattened out again through mid-October, according to Worldometer.

Oregon

The average death count in Oregon has been rising on a steep incline since mid-November, after remaining flat for most of the pandemic from late March, according to Worldometer.

West Virginia

The average death tally in West Virginia has been rising sharply since late October, after flattening out for months since early April, according to Worldometer.

Wyoming

The average death count in Wyoming has been rising since late October. After a brief but sharp decline from late November to early December, the figure rose sharply through the rest of December, according to Worldometer.

Houston Texas hospital COVID-19 death December 2020
Medical staff members at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas zip up a body bag containing a deceased patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit on December 6. This week, at least 21 states reported record average daily death counts. Go Nakamura/Getty Images

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 69 million people since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.

More than 1.5 million people have died worldwide and over 44.5 million have recovered as of Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The graphic below, produced by Statista, shows the distribution of COVID-19 deaths among the U.S. population.

COVID-19 elderly patients in U.S.
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The graphic below, provided by Statista, shows the spread of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

COVID-19 cases across U.S.
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