US deaths fell this year, but not to pre-COVID levels


              FILE - A patient arrives in an ambulance cared for by medical workers wearing personal protective equipment due to COVID-19 concerns outside NYU Langone Medical Center on April 13, 2020, in New York. The number of U.S. deaths has dropped in 2022 after soaring for two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it still is much higher than the levels before the coronavirus hit. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
            
              FILE - The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort passes lower Manhattan on its way to docking in New York on March 30, 2020. It's expected to bolster a besieged health care system by treating non-coronavirus patients while hospitals treat people with COVID-19. The number of U.S. deaths has dropped in 2022 after soaring for two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it still is much higher than the levels before the coronavirus hit. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
            
              FILE - A visitor sits on a bench to look artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg's "In America: Remember," a temporary art installation made up of white flags to commemorate Americans who have died of COVID-19, on the National Mall in Washington on Oct. 2, 2021. The number of U.S. deaths has dropped in 2022 after soaring for two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it still is much higher than the levels before the coronavirus hit. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
US deaths fell this year, but not to pre-COVID levels