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Covid Deaths Persist in U.S. Even as Cases Drop Everywhere

An EMT directs an ambulance outside the emergency room of a hospital in Los Angeles.
An EMT directs an ambulance outside the emergency room of a hospital in Los Angeles.Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

Not a single U.S. state saw a significant increase in average daily coronavirus cases over the past week, a departure from the winter surge that pushed the virus to new heights.

But death counts, the ultimate indicator of the pandemic’s impact, remain grim and are still climbing in some states. Eleven, including Montana, Arkansas and Wyoming reported average daily deaths rising more than 10%, according to Covid Tracking Project data. Average deaths in the U.S. South and West rose over the past few days and are near all-time highs.