COVID-19, overdoses caused record deaths

2021 was the deadliest year in U.S. history because of COVID-19 and drug overdose deaths. About 80,000 more people died than in 2020, which also set a record for the most deaths to that point.

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April 12, 2022 - 3:30 PM

Allen County has lost at least 45 residents to COVID-related illnesses since the pandemic began, with 11 deaths since the beginning of 2022. A federal program provides families up to $9,000 for funeral expenses for those who die from the coronavirus. Photo by PIXABAY.COM

NEW YORK (AP) — 2021 was the deadliest year in U.S. history, and new data and research are offering more insights into how it got that bad.

The main reason for the increase in deaths? COVID-19, said Robert Anderson, who oversees the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s work on death statistics.

The agency this month quietly updated its provisional death tally. It showed there were 3.465 million deaths last year, or about 80,000 more than 2020’s record-setting total.

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