The United States' death toll in relation to COVID-19 took another grim turn on Tuesday (September 14) night.
The total U.S. population was listed as 331.4 million as of April 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The report comes amid a nationwide struggle for hospitals to meet the high volume of patients and more children being diagnosed with the virus.
Additionally, the U.S. is reporting a more than 30% increase in average daily cases and average daily deaths have nearly tripled during the past month, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via CNN.
As of Wednesday (September 15), only 54% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, while the daily rate of individuals initiating vaccinations has dropped during the last month.
Officials have since implemented mandates for COVID-19 vaccinations in workplaces and masking in schools in an effort to limit the spread and prevent more deaths from taking place.
Health experts have credited vaccinations as being the best source of protection against COVID-19, acknowledging that the majority of individuals hospitalized and killed in relation to the virus have been unvaccinated, CNN reports.