Between March 1, 2020 and January 2, 2021, the number of deaths in the United States was 22.9% higher than expected. During this period, there were 2.8 million deaths, representing 522,368 excess deaths. Deaths attributed to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) accounted for 72.4% of the 522,368 excess U.S. deaths by January 2021. COVID-19 deaths include deaths in which COVID-19 was identified as the underlying or a contributing cause of death (among multiple causes of death). The remaining deaths were generally attributed to heart disease and Alzheimer disease/dementia. About 61.1 . . .