NY COVID death toll 11,000 less than federal government’s count of state virus fatalities

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The federal government’s count of those who died of COVID-19 in New York has 11,000 more victims than the tally publicized by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which has stuck with a far more conservative approach to counting virus-related deaths.

The discrepancy in death counts has continued to widen this year, according to an Associated Press review.

New York state’s official death count was 43,018 on Tuesday. But the state has provided the federal government with data showing roughly 54,000 people have died with COVID-19 as a cause or contributing factor listed on their death certificate.

Experts say differing death tolls fuels public distrust in the nation’s pandemic response.

“New York State reports every single COVID-19 death publicly – every confirmed death reported by hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities in the state tracker and all preliminary death certificate data, including unconfirmed cases and home deaths, to the federal government which in turn reports that data online, allowing the public full access to all of this detailed data on a daily basis,” a New York State Health Department spokesperson said.

PIX11 contributed to this report.

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