Oklahoma health officials seek to refine reporting of pandemic deaths

Oklahoma health officials seek to refine reporting of pandemic deaths

Oklahoma public health officials hope to close a widening gap in death registration related to COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE

The surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in late 2020 left many state tracking systems behind as providers responsible for updating reports focused on providing patient care before completing the reports. This was further exacerbated when epidemiologists and other public health officials fell behind in investigating death cases, which is the state’s total released for deaths from COVID-19.

This has led to a marked difference between the state’s death toll from COVID-19 and that kept by a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state said the number of reported deaths reached 4,478 on Monday. This is an undercoverage of about 2,500 compared to the totals reported by the CDC’s National Center for…

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