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Putting 200,000 US coronavirus deaths in context

FILE - In this April 29, 2020, file photo, workers move bodies to a refrigerated truck from the Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. During the deadliest days of the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, the bodies piled up at the funeral home — and the stench that came with it — at an alarming rate. Cleckley says what happened next made him the scapegoat for an unforeseen crisis — hundreds of COVID-19 deaths a day in New York that overwhelmed funeral homes across the city. Authorities swept in and suspended his license in an episode that made headlines in a city already reeling from other horrors of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross and reporter Aaron Granillo discuss a sobering milestone the U.S. passed this week: 200,000 deaths from COVID-19. How is our country grieving? And what does this say about how we’ve handled the pandemic so far?

Speaking of our pandemic response, Dr. Anthony Fauci and the head of the CDC testified before Congress on Wednesday about the seemingly ever-changing CDC guidelines. Senator Patty Murray wants a task force to investigate.

And, the very earliest infection rate data is back from schools that reopened for in-person classes.

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