The virus has reached all corners of America, devastating dense cities and rural counties with surges that have passed through one region and then another.
In New York City, more than 28,000 people have died from the virus – that’s about one in 295 people. In Los Angeles County, the toll is about one in 500 people. In Lamb County, Texas, where 13 live 000 people scattered over a vast area of 1,000 square miles, the loss is one in 163 people.
The virus has torn apart nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, easily spreading among vulnerable residents: they are responsible for more than 163,000 deaths, about a third of the country’s total.
Deaths from the virus have also disproportionately affected Americans along racial lines. Overall, the death rate for black Americans with Covid-19 has been almost twice that of white Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Hispanics’ death rate was 2.3 times that of white Americans. And for Native Americans, it was 2.4 times higher.
As of Monday, around 1,900 Covid deaths were reported, on average, almost every day, compared to more than 3,300 at peaks in January. The slowdown has been a relief, but scientists said the variants made it difficult to project the future of the pandemic, and historians have warned against hijacking the scale of the country’s losses.
“There will be a real willingness to say, ‘Look how we’re doing,'” said Nancy Bristow, director of the history department at Puget Sound University in Tacoma, Wash., And author of “American Pandemic: The Worlds lost from the 1918 flu epidemic. ”But she cautioned against inclinations now to“ rewrite this story in another story of American triumph. ”