Showing the value of a combination of lockdowns, social distancing, face masks, and non-overwhelmed hospitals, reported Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. went down 21% last week -- the biggest decline since the pandemic began. (The previous three weeks showed declines of around 4% per week.) The majority of states showed declines; the only states with statistically-meaningful increases were Iowa and New Mexico. (**Math note: **To learn the actual **number** of deaths in a state in a given week, take the population in millions (shown after the state name), multiply by 10, and multiply that by deaths per 100K. Thus, Alabama had 4.9 x 10 x 2.1, or **103** deaths last week.)

Want to know the **total** number of deaths a state had in a given week? Move the decimal point in the state population one to the right (so Wisconsin, at 5.8M, becomes "58") and multiply that by the deaths per 100K shown. (So if Wisconsin is shown at 1.1 for a week in the chart above, its total number of deaths that week was 58 x 1.1, or about 64 deaths.)