Pa. removes 200 deaths from state coronavirus count as questions about reporting mount

Pa. removes 200 deaths from state coronavirus count as questions about reporting mount
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[Ed. – Poof! Just like that the death toll from COVID-19 shrinks.]

Pennsylvania has corrected its coronavirus data multiple times over the past week to account for irregularities, according to new reports.

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania started to include “probable deaths” in its fatalities. As a result, the total number of coronavirus deaths grew by 276, then 360, in successive nights, almost doubling the number of deaths in the state in two days. The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) subsequently removed 200 deaths from its count after facing mounting questions about the accuracy of the count.

Health Secretary Rachel Levine spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the initial decision to include probable deaths, as well as the decision to later remove those from the count.

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A “probable death” is one that a doctor believes is caused by COVID-19, even though the patient is never tested for the virus.

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