COVKID Project Mortality Dashboard

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COVID-19 Mortality Rate Time Trends (updated weekly)

Data source = National Center for Health Statistics limited tabulation - see charts for details


COVID-19 Mortality Rates by Single Year of Age (updated weekly)

Data source = National Center for Health Statistics limited tabulation - see chart for details

COVID-19 Mortality Rate Time Trends, by Age Group (updated weekly)

Data source = National Center for Health Statistics limited tabulation - see chart for details

Map of State COVID-19 Mortality Rates (updated monthly)

There are 3 data sources for COVID-19 deaths among children and teens in the U.S. On the map below, we provide COVID-19 death counts from each of these 3 sources. We designate the data source with the highest death count as the "best estimate" of COVID-19 deaths, and then calculate state-level mortality rates.

CDC Case File Death Indicator:  The CDC compiles a file of all cases submitted by state health departments to the CDC, with specified information required for every case. One required data field is a simple "Death? yes/no" indicator. This dataset captures deaths among previously known cases, as identified and reported by state health departments and their local partners. The age range reported for kids is 0-19 years in all states. States vary in the timeliness and completeness of this case reporting to the CDC. For many states, the CDC Case File death count is the highest.

COVKID Project Data Extraction from State Health Department Dashboards:  Since April 2020, the COVKID team has visited every state health department COVID-19 web dashboard on a weekly basis to extract case, hospitalization, and death data for children and teens. Our cumulative death counts are limited by the choices made by different states in terms of age categories, and criteria for designating a child's death as COVID-related. Age ranges reported by different states include 0-19 years, 0-17 years, 0-18 years, and 0-20 years (2 states only). Many state health departments do not make explicit the criteria they use for designating and reporting these deaths on their dashboards. Furthermore, the state datasets used to populate state web dashboards appear to be different (in most cases) from the required case file that is submitted by states to the CDC in Atlanta. For some states, the COVKID Project death count is the highest.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Provisional Death Certificate Tabulations: NCHS is the federal agency charged with compiling, checking, and analyzing official death certificates that are submitted from states. There is always a time lag between the date of death and the submission of a complete death certificate to NCHS, and this time lag varies by state. NCHS counts as a "COVID-19 involved death" any death certificate for which COVID-19 is listed as the underlying cause of death or a contributing cause of death. NCHS has released several limited tabulations of COVID-19 deaths by age (0 to 17 years only for kids), and these files are updated on a regular basis as new death certificates are received and processed. For most states, the NCHS death count is the lowest, because of the age range available and because of death certificate processing lag-times.