The number of COVID-19 deaths in 2021 surpassed those in 2020 this week. Since the start of the pandemic, Johns Hopkins University’s latest data shows the U.S. has reached at least 771,013 COVID-19 deaths.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in 2020 was 385,343.

At least 385,670 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in 2021, with the figure expected to climb in the days and weeks ahead.

Per CDC data, Mississippi has the highest COVID-19 death rate in the United States, with 343 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by Alabama, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Arizona. With 61 deaths per 100,000 people, Vermont has the lowest COVID-19 death rate, Forbes reported.

CDC data also shows that 69% of the U.S. population is partially vaccinated, while 59% is fully vaccinated.

Americans aged 65 and up have one of the highest vaccination rates of any age group. According to CDC data, nearly 100% of people in that age range are at least partially vaccinated, and 86% are fully vaccinated.

Over 47 million COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States over the full course of the pandemic.

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