The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is predicting that the coronavirus' death toll in the U.S. could reach up to 321,000 by mid-December.
The CDC posted "COVID-19 Forecasts: Deaths" earlier this week, which shows models that predict the number of coronavirus deaths will likely increase over the next month.
The U.S. leads the world in the number of COVID-19-related fatalities with nearly 100,000 more than Brazil, which has the second-highest number of deaths at 171,460.
According to Johns Hopkins University, New Mexico, Arizona, Virginia, California, Pennsylvania, and Nevada are experiencing the sharpest spike in cases over the last two weeks.
During a Thanksgiving message to troops serving overseas, President Trump said coronavirus vaccine deliveries will begin as early as next week, with front-line workers, medical personnel and senior citizens being among the first to receive the vaccine.
As of Friday, 263,484 coronavirus-related deaths have been tallied in the U.S.