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Confirmed U.S. COVID deaths by 2022

As of 09 December, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting a total of 285,351 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. This national death number figure is gathered and compiled on a daily basis from the relevant state/territory health authorities of each U.S. state and territory.

What will be the total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. by the end of 2021?

The CDC COVID Data Tracker will be consulted on 1 January 2022 for confirmed death data reported by the CDC up to 31 December 2021.

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