The peak of deaths occurred in November and December 2020.
“It’s more deaths, it’s like over 40 a day, that our medical examiner’s office, our whole state system, funeral homes, have never seen,” Scrase said.
Scrase said New Mexico was seeing about one or two deaths a day in May.
“We’ve just started to see these older deaths come up with any volume over the last three weeks, I think, something like that,” Scrase said of why they started to separate them. death between the last days and more than 30 days.
Scrase explains that some COVID-19-related deaths can be confirmed quickly, but others require further investigation.
“There may be a detailed investigation where they interview people, test the deceased, sometimes an autopsy,” Scrase said.
The backlog is being cleared, Scrase said. However, he adds that the state is waiting around 100 cases to be resolved.
The takeaway, says Scrase, is that more people died during the winter wave than was originally reported.