New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is reportedly undercounting COVID-19 deaths, as compared to CDC numbers, in its own public reporting, months after it admitted to undercounting nursing home deaths from the virus by thousands.
New York’s state-managed tracker reported over 43,000 deaths from COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning, a figure more than 20% smaller than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s tally of nearly 55,000 in the state, which is based on death certificates that list COVID-19 as a cause or contributing factor to an individual’s death. A spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) confirmed in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation the state reports all COVID-19 deaths to the CDC, but only report deaths that occurred in hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities in its own state tracker.
“New York State reports every single COVID-19 death publicly – every confirmed death reported by hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities in the state tracker and all preliminary death certificate data, including unconfirmed cases and home deaths, to the federal government which in turn reports that data online, allowing the public full access to all of this detailed data on a daily basis,” NYSDOH spokeswoman Jill Montag told the DCNF.
Montag did not respond to any queries about why the state of New York intentionally emits the full picture of COVID-19 deaths in its tracker. Bob Anderson, the chief of the Mortality Statistics Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, questioned why New York’s count was so much smaller than the federal governments. “It’s a little strange,” Anderson told the AP. “They’re providing us with the death certificate information so they have it. I don’t know why they wouldn’t use those numbers.”
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