MILWAUKEE COUNTY — The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office released preliminary data on deaths in 2020, including the heartbreaking record of over 200 homicides in the one year alone and an even higher death toll from COVID-19.
According to the Medical Examiner, in 2020:
- Fatal accidents: 1,038
- Homicides: 215
- Suicides: 123
- Natural deaths (non-COVID): 6,492
- COVID-19 related deaths: 887
Preliminary 2020 death data:— Medical Examiner (@mkemedexamine) January 19, 2021
Natural (non-COVID): 6,492
Not all natural deaths are reported to our office.
The Office also on Tuesday shared a chart showing COVID-19 deaths by age. The 70-79 age group was hit hardest by the virus, with 253 deaths. That is followed by the 80-89 age group, with 226 deaths, and the 60-69 age group, with 170 deaths from the coronavirus.
Both Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee recorded the highest number of homicides in 2020 since they started recording. The area was on track to experience shrinking violent crimes, until the pandemic hit.
The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau puts Milwaukee County's population at 945,726.