February 28th of this year, Washington state became the first in the U.S. to record a death due to coronovirus.
As of today the nationwide death toll is over 6,000. I’ve been looking at the total fatalities by state, for the U.S. states with the highest death counts (so far). Here are the totals over time for states with at least 100 fatalities to date (note this is plotted on a logarithmic scale):
One of these states is not like the others: Washington state. Although it was first to record a death, the rate of growth of the death count has been consistently low from the outset, lower than the other states. The result is that even though the epidemic has been progressing for a longer time in Washington, it hasn’t gotten as far or taken so many lives.
I estimated the rate of growth of the death toll for each of the 16 states with at least 50 fatalities to date, since their death toll crossed a minimum value of 10. Here are the rates:
One of these states is not like the others. Washington state.
I don’t know how Washington state is keeping their death rates so low, but I congratulate them and their Governor, Jay Inslee.
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