2021 on track to surpass last year as nation’s deadliest

  • Medical staff move a COVID-19 patient who died to a loading dock to hand off to a funeral home van, at the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, La., on Aug. 18. Last year was the deadliest in U.S. history, but U.S. health officials say 2021 is shaping up to be even worse. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials say 2021 is shaping up to be even deadlier than last year.