Most US counties hit pandemic era death tolls higher than births


It’s been a century since a pandemic had numbers like this

Almost three-fourths of all U.S. counties reported more deaths than births last year, a development largely caused by the pandemic, which contributed to a dramatic slowing in the overall population growth of the nation, according to data released Thursday by the Census Bureau.

Low fertility rates, which have persisted since the end of the Great Recession, and the continuing demographic shift toward an older population also combined to create the smallest population increase in 100 years, said Kenneth Johnson, a sociology professor and demographer at the University of New Hampshire.

Johnson said he expected the data to show a natural decrease but was surprised at its scale. Natural decrease occurs when a population records more deaths than births. “I think one of the most important findings is the fact that almost 2,300 counties had more deaths than births in them. That’s unheard of in American history,” he said.

He said the impact of the coronavirus, along with other trends that limited population growth, had created a “perfect storm,” and that one would have to go back at least to the 1918 flu pandemic to find anything like it.

If the BA-2 Omicron Variant combines it’s dramatic increase in infections rates with a matching death rate, everyone whose been busy breathing a sign of relief – may just breathe their last!

Here it is, again, with an even happier ending

Earlier this week, Riley Leon of Elgin, Texas, became world-famous. Or, at least, his truck did. He was reportedly the driver of the red Silverado that was being thrown sideways and tossed around by a tornado on Monday, only to drive away once the winds righted it as if nothing had happened.

Houston-area local news station KHOU 11 caught up with Leon on Thursday. In that interview, the 16-year-old shared that he had been driving home from an interview at Texas staple Whataburger when the truck he had recently purchased from his father got caught up in the storm. He was upset to see the truck damaged, but he says he “wasn’t scared that much” by the actual tossing of the tornado that had his truck briefly rotating in place on its door.

Now, Chevrolet has helped with his concerns about a damaged truck, too. The brand announced Friday morning that it is working with Fort Worth’s Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet to deliver a 2022 Silverado 1500 LT, also in red. He will not have to wait much longer to get back on the road, either; Leon and his family will be presented with the truck at the dealership in Ft. Worth tomorrow. In addition to the truck, Chevrolet is also donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help aid further recovery in the parts of Texas devastated by this week’s storms.

Chevy ought to put that truck on a flat bed traveling road show to dealerships around the country. Smart business decision…that also helps out the young dude that was driving that pickup through a tornado.