Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that the whole number of deaths involving COVID-19 in 2020 was 385,343, which means that no less than 385,348 COVID-19 deaths—15 more than the 2020 total—have been recorded in 2021.
That number is assumed to increase in the weeks to come.
Back in 2020, former President Donald Trump was criticized by many top Democrats for the COVID-19 deaths that took place under the previous Administration. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) dubbed COVID-19 the "Trump virus" over the former President's handling of the pandemic.
Top medical journal New England Journal of Medicine published a scathing editorial before the 2020 presidential election denouncing the Trump Administration and requiring that Americans vote Trump out of office.
CNN seemed to have changed its tune on what authority the president has to manage state governors regarding COVID-19 mandates, when comparing partisan coverage of President Joe Biden to that of Trump.
The grim U.S. milestone arrived despite the reality that three COVID-19 vaccines have been approved in the nation, most recently for kids as young as 5 years old.
Roughly 69 percent of the U.S. population are at least partially immunized, while 59 percent are fully immunized, according to CDC data.
Among that group, Americans aged 65 years and older boast impressively high vaccination rates. Almost 100 percent of people in that age range are at least partially vaccinated, while 86 percent are completely vaccinated, per CDC data.
While the U.S. began to celebrate a drop of COVID-19 cases in September, those numbers have steadily started trending upward again. Last week, 29 states saw higher COVID-19 counts than the week prior.
Meanwhile, the New York Assembly's probe into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's conduct in office decided the Democrat's administration misrepresented how many nursing home residents died of COVID-19, according to a lawmaker who studied the committee's still-classified report.
The report, compiled by the New York City law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, covers a wide array of allegations of misconduct by Cuomo, including sexual harassment allegations and his staff's participation in writing his book on the coronavirus pandemic.