Here’s the coronavirus death toll through June 15. Mexico is spiking back up a bit, while the United States continues its slow crawl to 2 deaths per million. We’re roughly following the path of Sweden and the UK, lagged by a week or two. That’s not great, but then again, I never expected us to decline this far regardless of how long it took. So this is good news overall, but as I’m sure you all know, there are a whole bunch of states that have high and rising death counts following the reopening. It may be only a matter of time before those states swamp the others and push our overall mortality rate higher.
OPERATIONAL NOTE: When I first started doing these charts, the folks at Johns Hopkins published their final daily data at around 6 pm Pacific time. That was great. I’d update my charts before dinner and schedule them to appear the next morning. However, a while back it became 8 pm. Then 9 pm. Yesterday it was 10 pm. If this keeps up, I’m going to give up doing them the night before and instead update them first thing in the morning. Since I’m a pretty variable riser these days, this means they’ll appear at variable (but later) times than they do now. I’ll keep you posted if this happens.