U.S. Dips Below 300 COVID Deaths Per Day for First Time since March 2020

Deaths caused by COVID-19 in the United States have dropped to under 300 for the first time since March of 2020, the Associated Press reported.

On Monday, 150 million Americans were fully vaccinated, an encouraging milestone after the rough pandemic.

In 2020, the coronavirus was the third leading cause of death, right behind heart disease and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has since fallen down the list of killers as the outbreak begins to cease.

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Healthcare Workers Get Vaccinated
Healthcare workers get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination at the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on Dec. 16, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Today was the first day of vaccinations in Oregon. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

CDC data suggests more Americans are dying every day from accidents, chronic lower respiratory diseases, strokes or Alzheimer's disease than from COVID-19.

The U.S. death toll stands at more than 600,000, while the worldwide count is close to 3.9 million, though the real figures in both cases are believed to markedly higher.

About 45 percent of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. Over 53 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of vaccine.

New cases are running at about 11,400 a day on average, down from over a quarter-million per day in early January. Average deaths per day are down to about 293, according to Johns Hopkins University, after topping out at over 3,400 in mid-January.

In New York, which suffered mightily in the spring of 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted on Monday the state had 10 new deaths. At the height of the outbreak in the state, nearly 800 people a day were dying from the coronavirus.

Orange County Resident Gets Vaccinated
In this June 17 file photo, an Orange County resident receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the Florida Division of Emergency Management mobile vaccination site at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have dipped below 300 a day for the first time since the early days of the disaster in March 2020, while the number of Americans fully vaccinated has reached about 150 million. Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Associated Press