Reversing that long, strong decline: Daily deaths edged up again a tiny tad yesterday.
(We're dealing in 7-day averages nationwide. We're using the Washington Post's data. We've adjusted for the way New Jersey changed its accounting procedures last week.)
From May right on through until last week, there had been a long, strong decline in daily deaths. As we showed you recently, the numbers were looking like this:
Daily deaths, nationwide, 7-day rolling averageDaily deaths were dropping fast, but the rolling average bottomed out last Thursday at 567.1 (June 19-June 25). At least in the immediate short run, this completed a process of long, rapid, steady decline.
May 25-May 31: 915.6
June 1-June 7: 803.4
June 8-June 14: 710.9
June 15-June 21: 585.9
The number has been inching back up since then. As of yesterday, it had moved back up to 583.3 (June 22-June 28).
So far, that isn't a giant increase. But for several months extending into last week, daily deaths had been on a steady, rapid decline.
The Roman Republic was felled by Okmok. All in all, we may not be doing real great ourselves!