How Are Covid-19 Deaths Being Counted?

How Are Covid-19 Deaths Being Counted?
May 12, 2020 Comments Off on How Are Covid-19 Deaths Being Counted? Local Politics, News Robert Cross

The CDC’s Provisional Death Count for the Coronavirus is considered to be a reliable source for accurate death rates from the Coronavirus, but a discrepancy in the numbers from CDC reports fuels claims that the Coronavirus Pandemic is being inflated out of proportion. The discrepancy lies between the CDC’s “Cases in the US” post updated May 11, which lists 79,756 deaths for the reporting period, and their “Provisional Death Count for the Coronavirus”, which lists 51,495 deaths as of May 12.

Closer examination shows that all 55 precincts including all 50 states and the territories are represented in the “Cases in the US” post, which was not the case in the “Provisional Death Count for the Coronavirus”. Therefore, the “Cases in the US” count represents a more accurate death toll than the provisional report.

These numbers come from death certificates with U.07.01 codes, which do not require lab confirmation of COVID-19 as the cause of death but only that the individual probably had COVID-19, to be counted in Provisional Death Count for Coronavirus. The CDC began to collect death certificates from precincts and territories in the U.S. starting in early February prior to the release of COVID-19 testing when the death certificates could not be lab-verified. Collecting death certificates from possible COVID-19 cases was important during the initial stages of the pandemic in order to track the spread of the disease.

Processing death certificates takes approximately 10 days, so even though reports are updated every day, the numbers reported are delayed. The statistics are bound to change as more death certificates are processed. The United States is still in the midst of the testing and data gathering stage. A more complete and accurate picture of the death toll will be available over time. Given the delay in processing death certificates, it is likely that the total death toll will continue to increase, but this does not equate to an increase in the number of COVID-19 deaths.

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Robert Cross Robert Cross is Spaniard and Cuban on his mother’s side. He started his career in public service working in local ministries that provided education assistance to k-12 students in San Bernardino County, and low-income assistance to disabled people, veterans and refugees. He has been a published in Borgen Project Magazine and Borgen Project Blog, Collaborator, Medium and the Classy Libertarian. Robert earned a master’s degree in Public Policy and International Affairs from Liberty University and a bachelor’s degree in History from the California State University of San Bernardino. If you enjoyed the article and would like to see more, become a member or donate to the RNHA today! The Republican National Hispanic Assembly is a not for profit organization. We are an independent media institution funded by small donors. We depend on you to continue to produce quality content.
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