COVID Deaths In U.S. Surpass 600,000

According to Johns Hopkins University more than 600,000 people have died in the U.S. from the coronavirus.

That’s nearly 1 out of every 550 Americans.


It was exactly one year ago today when then-Vice President Mike Pence, in his capacity as the head of the White House’s coronavirus taskforce, wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on the federal response to the pandemic. The message was simple: Thanks to Donald Trump, Pence argued, “we are winning the fight against the invisible enemy.”

The Indiana Republican proceeded to take a tragic-in-hindsight victory lap, dismissing “grim predictions of a second wave,” while insisting that the White House’s approach was “a success.” Pence even boasted at the time that “deaths are down to fewer than 750 a day.”

It came on the heels of Donald Trump assuring the public that he expected the overall U.S. death toll from the pandemic to “probably” be around 60,000.

In mid-April 2020, Trump’s benchmark for success was an overall domestic death toll below 240,000.