In January 2021, the number of deaths from COVID-19 increased so rapidly that it has clearly become the number one cause of death in the U.S., with an average of more than 3,000 people per day dying of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of Jan. 26. Learn more in this Chart of the Week from the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker.
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U.S. Has Higher Number of COVID-19 Cases per Capita Compared to Other Countries That Reopened Schools
Schools in the U.S. are scheduled to reopen in the next few weeks and the federal government is encouraging in-person schooling, But other countries have not reopened schools with the levels of community transmission found in the U.S.
In 18 States, Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities Account for at Least Half of Their COVID-19 Deaths
As of May 14, 18 states are reporting that deaths due to COVID-19 occurring in long-term care facilities account for at least half of total deaths from the coronavirus pandemic those states. Learn more in this Chart of the Week.
COVID-19 Cases Among California Child Care Facilities Are Mostly Among Staff and Parents, Not Children
California recorded 1,365 COVID-19 cases linked to child care facilities as of July 22; 261 were among children.
Of the 19 million U.S. children under 5, half are children of color, making this group more diverse than the U.S. population overall. There is also significant variation across the country.
While Republicans, Democrats, vaccinated adults, and unvaccinated adults have had starkly different views of the pandemic, there is broad agreement on this question across partisans and demographic groups.
In Medicare, Black and Hispanic Individuals Account for Disproportionate Share of COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations
Among Medicare beneficiaries, the latest data released in June 2020 from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services indicates that Black and Hispanic individuals represent a disproportionate share of cases and hospitalizations due to the coronavirus.
Most states require parental consent at this point, though the landscape may be shifting slightly as more jurisdictions seek to encourage vaccination of young people. Parents and parental consent laws will play a critical role in the COVID-19 vaccination effort to reach children in the U.S., particularly as authorization moves to even younger ages.
Just over half (54%) of people who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from health centers were people of color, including 26% who were Hispanic and 12% who were Black. These shares are much higher than the shares of nationwide vaccinations. Learn more in this Chart of the Week.