Delaware’s death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 500, with the bulk of new deaths reported Tuesday being attributed to a recent Delaware Division of Public Health audit of death records.
The Delaware DPH reported 69 new fatalities on Tuesday, which brings the overall death toll from the virus to 504. But division director Dr. Karyl Rattay said the majority of deaths reported on June 23, 2020, were not recent, and some may date back to the very start of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
“We learned of another state that identified that they were missing some information, where cases or deaths weren’t being reported to them, so our team took a look at the death certificate information, and we identified 67 additional deaths that were not previously reported to us,” said Rattay.
Rattay said 32 were confirmed positive cases.
“We just did not know that that person was deceased,” she said.
Thirty-five of the newly reported deaths weren’t confirmed as COVID-19 positive with a lab sample.
“The physician who put the information into the death certificate used COVID-19 as an underlying cause of death, therefore, by CDC definition, those cases are…
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