The new estimate came on the same day that Texas reported its highest number of hospitalizations so far in the coronavirus pandemic.
Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Washington
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University of Washington researchers estimated on Monday that 145,728 people could die of COVID-19 in the United States by August, raising their grim forecast by more than 5,000 fatalities in a matter of days.
The new estimate came on the same day that Texas reported its highest number of hospitalizations so far in the coronavirus pandemic and a total of 22 US states showed an uptick in the number of new confirmed cases, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.
Among the states with the sharpest increases were Michigan and Arizona, according to Johns Hopkins.
A total of more than 1.9 million cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, have been reported in the United States, according to a Reuters tally, which has confirmed 110,000 deaths.