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A line chart showing that the percentage of all U.S. deaths caused by COVID-19 and other illnesses that look like COVID-19 continues to be above the epidemic threshold. (Credit: CDC)

The third wave of COVID-19 cases appears to be starting to fill hospital beds in the Dakotas, Mississippi, Montana and Wisconsin, but the overall U.S. death rate  appears to be holding steady.

COVID-19 was causing about 2,400 deaths per day during the first wave, which peaked in April, and about 1,300 deaths per day during the second wave, which peaked in August, according to death data compiled by The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic.

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