Colorado has implemented a critical change to the way it counts COVID-19 deaths, lowering the state’s coronavirus death toll from more than 1,000 to 878 as of May 9.
The state’s Department of Public Health and Environment altered the data amid criticism that it had inflated COVID death numbers, KDVR-TV in Denver reported Friday.
“We have been reporting at the state, deaths among people who had COVID-19 at the time of death and the cause of that death may or may not have been COVID-19,” Dr. Eric France, the health department’s chief medical officer, told the station.
There had been an uproar of concern over inconsistent COVID death counts coming from Colorado citizens across the state.
“We started to hear stories about, ‘Are these correct or are these incorrect?’” France said.
It raises a question: If people were not so adamant in questioning