SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Massachusetts and across the country, and a key model is predicting the number of deaths from the pandemic could double by the beginning of next year.
The total number of deaths nationwide from COVID-19 has surpassed 200,000, with a total of 6.8 million cases of the illness having been reported in this country since the pandemic began. California, Texas, and Florida are the states with the highest number of cases.
Back in March, Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force said that if Americans followed precautions perfectly, there would be between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths from the virus. Now, experts are making another prediction; that 400,000 deaths could come by January. That estimate comes from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; a closely-watched model out of the University of Washington.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been more than 125,000 cases of COVID-19 statewide, with the total number of deaths standing at 9,100. However, Massachusetts saw most of its COVID-19 deaths and the highest number of cases earlier in the pandemic, and DPH continues to report a positive trend overall with respect to the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, and the positive test rate.
Health officials are warning that a spike in cases could happen this winter, but many people told 22News they feel more prepared this time around.
“I don’t think so I’m not that worried about another spike because everybody is going to be more adapted to it and know what they are doing,” said Jacob Dombrowski of Springfield.
Health officials are urging people to continue social distancing, and wear a mask when you can’t.
COVID-19 Cases in Long-Term Care Facilities
- Residents/Healthcare workers with probable or confirmed COVID-19: 24,777
- Facilities reporting at least one probable or confirmed case of COVID-19: 382
- Probable or confirmed COVID-19 deaths: 5,977