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The Latest: US report shows patterns of virus deaths shifted

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new U.S. government report shows that patterns of coronavirus deaths shifted over the summer, with rising percentages of the deaths in Hispanic people, and those living in the South and West.

The report, released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looks at coronavirus-associated deaths reported between May 1 and August 31.

It is an update of an earlier report that focused on deaths during an initial wave of illnesses in the early spring that mainly hit the Northeast. It found that by August more than three-fifths of the deaths were occurring in Southern states, and more than one-fifth in Western states.

It reported a summer surge in deaths among Hispanics, to about 24% of all deaths in August.

It also showed a decline in deaths in nursing homes, to 17% of all deaths in August from 30% in May.

Whites accounted for 51% of the deaths in the late spring and summer, up from around 40% in the early spring.

There was a decline in the proportion of deaths of people who were Black, to 19% from as many as 25% in the early spring.

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