California county cuts COVID-19 loss of life toll by 25% after discovering some deaths ‘clearly not’ attributable to virus


A California county lower its COVID-19 loss of life toll by round 25% after figuring out that some deaths weren’t a “direct outcome” of the virus.

Alameda County revised the overall variety of deaths attributable to the coronavirus to 1,223, down from 1,634.

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County officers determined to revise the numbers to align with the California Division of Public Well being’s steerage on the way to classify deaths. The county beforehand included deaths of anybody contaminated with the virus, no matter whether or not COVID-19 was a direct or contributing reason for loss of life.

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Neetu Balram, a spokesperson for Alameda County Public Well being, mentioned that a number of the deaths “have been clearly not attributable to COVID,” the Los Angeles Occasions reported

“Clearly our definition was broader than the state’s,” Balram mentioned, including that the division had at all times deliberate to conduct an replace “when circumstances and deaths stabilized.” 

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The choice causes of loss of life weren’t offered. 

“We knew any change like this could have raised some eyebrows,” Alameda County well being officer Nicholas Moss advised the Oaklandside. “Nothing about this adjustments our coverage selections now or in the course of the peak of the pandemic.”

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Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious illness knowledgeable and senior scholar at Johns Hopkins, mentioned the changes have been anticipated however the quantity “appears excessive.” 

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