The United States passed another grim COVID-19 milestone.
According to an NBC News tally, the United States surpassed 39 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
COVID-19 related deaths have topped 640,000.
Numbers are expected to increase by the end of today as state and local health departments update data.
On Aug. 1 there were 35 million COVID-19 cases reported, meaning we’ve seen an 11.4 percent growth rate this month alone.
And the numbers are up more than 18 percent since May, when there were 33 million COVID-19 cases reported.