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The number of reported COVID-19 deaths in the US is expected to pass 1 million today or tomorrow, more than two years after the country’s first reported fatality of the coronavirus. 

As of this writing, just over 999,602 deaths have been recorded, with a seven-day rolling average of around 300 deaths per day (see data). Despite the grim milestone, deaths from the virus continue to track downward, having fallen almost 40% over the past month and well below a February peak above 2,500 per day. Hospitalizations

have also increased almost 70% over the past month. 

The country’s elderly population suffered the brunt of the pandemic. An estimated 75% of victims were 65 years or older (see data)—more than 25% were 85 years or older, despite the age group accounting for less than 2% of the US population. 

President Joe Biden ordered flags lowered to half-staff Thursday in anticipation. See a visualization of the scale of the loss here.