One in 500 Americans has died from the coronavirus since the outset of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The U.S. death toll as of Tuesday was 663,913 — roughly a fifth of the nation’s total population of 331.4 million as of the 2020 census.

The first known U.S. death from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, was in February 2020.

Public health experts said the surge of the delta variant of the virus has fueled an increasing number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths within the past two months.

Currently, just 54.1% of the total population — or approximately 180 million people — is fully vaccinated against the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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