As COVID-19 deaths surpass 250,000, rural towns emerge as areas most affected
The 100 counties with the most COVID-19 deaths per capita are rural, poorer and have fewer health resources. ABC News goes to Georgia, where families are grieving and hospitals are overrun.
The latest numbers from the CDC reveal hospitals have been counting patients who died from serious preexisting conditions as COVID-19 deaths. One America's Pearson Sharp has more, as the CDC counts over 51-thousand patients who actually died from heart attacks, as opposed to the coronavirus. NBC News' Simone Boyce breaks down the impact of the pandemic by taking a detailed look at the coronavirus cases in hotspots across the country as the U.S. death toll reaches a grim milestone of a quarter of a million people. As the U.S. surpasses 250,000 deaths from Covid-19, Lester Holt urges Americans to focus on our collective strength, sacrifices and resolve so that we may beat this virus. With more than five million confirmed COVID-19 cases, Brazilian public health officials are warning of a possible second wave.
The country is approaching 150,000 deaths - the highest pandemic death rate in Latin America, and the world's second highest COVID-19 death toll after the United States.Public health officials say if people resume normal activities too quickly, infections could spike again.