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CDC says 54K New Yorkers have died of COVID, but state DOH only reports 43K

Why is there a discrepancy in the reported deaths associated with COVID-19 in New York?

That question was explored by News10NBC, which found that the difference is approximately 11,000 deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports approximately 54,000 deaths due to COVID. However, the state’s count, put together by the state Department of Health sits at 43,000.


The state tells News10NBC that they only count lab confirmed COVID-19 deaths at hospitals, nursing homes, and adult-care facilities.

People who died at home, hospice, state prisons, or other state-run facilities are not included. The total also excludes people who likely died from COVID but were not tested and diagnosed.



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