And probably not even the best way for real-time decision-making, since deaths are very much a lagging indicator. IOW, those who die this week were in the "new cases" number perhaps a month ago, or even longer. Hospitalizations, while still lagging, are not lagging as much as deaths and are a much better indicator for advising government and personal action, IMO. Yet, tracking this is very much below the headlines, and is rarely reported on broadcast media. About the closest they come is talking about ICU beds. It is very true, however, that this disease has a much different demographic profile than does the seasonal flu, and that has been something that no governor (to my knowledge), including ours, has handled properly.