NYC Death Toll from COVID-19 May be Worse Than Official Number

May 13, 2020 by Mandy Qualls

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified May 14, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced Monday (May 11, 2020) that New York City’s death toll may be thousands of fatalities higher than the official death toll kept by the city and the state.

Between March 11 and May 2, over 24,000 more people died in New York City than researchers would normally expect during that time period, the study said. Within the 24,000, almost 14,000 were laboratory-confirmed COVID-19-associated deaths and just over 5,000 probable COVID-19-associated deaths.

This leaves over 5,000 excess deaths that were not identified as either laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19-associated deaths, the study also found. Keeping track of this number is important, the authors say, because counting only confirmed or probable COVID-19-associated deaths would likely underestimate the number of deaths attributable to the pandemic. This would include people who did not seek testing, tested negative, became infected after testing negative, died outside of a health care setting, or wasn’t suspected by a health care provider as a cause of death.

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