New Model Forecasts COVID Deaths At 74K By Mid-July

The Hill reports:

The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) model this week increased its projected U.S. coronavirus death toll as a number of states move to reopen businesses.

The projected number of deaths rose from 67,641 a week ago to 74,073, IMHE said in a statement on Monday. The new figure is still lower than a projection last month of 90,000 deaths in the U.S. related to coronavirus.

The new IMHE estimate now ranges from 56,563 to 130,666 deaths in the U.S. The institute said that the increase is due to “many states experiencing flatter and thus longer epidemic peaks.”