August 11, 2020 at 8:03 PM EDT
U.S. deaths again surpass 1,000 as Florida, Georgia report new daily highs
By Meryl Kornfield and Jacqueline Dupree
Coronavirus-related deaths in the United States topped 1,000 Tuesday after a weekend lag, suggesting that the trend of four-digit single-day death tolls will continue for a fourth week.
Of the more than 1,332 deaths reported Tuesday, Florida and Georgia recorded their highest single-day death tolls since the start of the pandemic, with 277 and 122 coronavirus-related deaths respectively, according to a data analysis by The Post. Tuesday marked the first time Georgia has exceeded 100 deaths in a day and its highest reported seven-day average.
Texas and California also ranked among the deadliest counts, with 220 and 109 dead.
Wisconsin surpassed 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths since the state’s first reported death in mid-March.
Aside from Georgia exceeding its average death count, Puerto Rico and five states — Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia — tied for their highest seven-day death averages, which is considered a more accurate metric than daily figures. The country’s seven-day average for deaths was 1,052.
In 16 states and Puerto Rico, the seven-day death average as of Tuesday rose from the previous week, indicating a growing trend in more than a quarter of the country. Washington and North Dakota tied for the biggest increase in average deaths.