Wire service find the federal government has 11,000 more deaths from the coronavirus that New York City did not include in its tally.
The state has provided the federal government with 54,000 death certificates that have the coronavirus as a cause or contributing factor in a person’s death, but the state only has 43,000 of those deaths.
The discrepancy in the numbers is due to how New York City decided to count deaths from COVID-19. The state will only count laboratory-confirmed deaths of hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities, according to AP.
The unusual way of counting deaths leaves behind a host of people, including those who most likely died from the virus but could not confirm it early due to lack of testing.
It also excludes people who have died at home, hospices, state homes for the disabled and state prisons, AP noted.
“It’s a little strange,” Bob Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told AP. “They provide us with the death certificate information so that they have it. I don’t know why they wouldn’t use those numbers.
The state health department would not respond to direct questions from AP about the discrepancies.
“New York State publicly reports every COVID-19 death – every confirmed death reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and adult care facilities in the state tracker and all preliminary certificate data. deaths to the federal government which in turn reports this data online, allowing full public access to all of this detailed data on a daily basis, ”point-of-sale spokesperson Jeffrey Hammond said.
The gap comes as the New York government. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoFirst Big Union Boss Breaks Up With Cuomo Eric Adams To Meet Biden On Tackling Gun Violence Adams Promises New York Streets ‘Will Be Safe’ If He Is Elected Mayor MORE (D) has faced charges of forgery of COVID-19 nursing home deaths to help his reputation.
The Hill has contacted the CDC, the New York Department of Health, and Cuomo’s office for comment.