Ensemble forecasts published Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project that new Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths will likely increase over the next four weeks.
The forecasts predict a total of 630,000 to 662,000 Covid-19 deaths will be reported by Sept. 4.
The previous forecast, published Aug. 4, predicted up to 642,000 deaths by Aug. 28.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, there have been 618,175 coronavirus deaths in the United States.
The forecasts predict that there will be 9,600 to 33,300 new confirmed Covid-19 hospitalizations likely reported on Sept. 6.
Like last week, the agency says that its Covid-19 cases forecast should be interpreted with caution since actual numbers have fallen outside the range of previous predictions. CDC’s latest forecast predicts 550,000 to 2,340,000 new cases reported during the week ending Sept. 4.
“Over the last several weeks, more reported cases have fallen outside of the forecasted prediction intervals than expected. This suggests that current forecast prediction intervals may not capture the full range of uncertainty,” said the CDC. “Because of this, case forecasts for the coming weeks should be interpreted with caution.”