OHA: 550 uncounted COVID deaths to be added to state totals – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-10-21 16:05:06 –

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) —In the coming weeks, the state will add about 550 more COVID-19 deaths to the registration.

According to the Oregon Department of Health, these deaths have not been previously reported due to technical errors and state epidemiologists are currently investigating. Most of these unrecorded deaths occurred between May and August of this year.

State health officials say the dead will be reviewed later next month. According to OHA, those who die and meet the COVID-19 death definition per death certificate will be reported on the OHA COVID-19 dashboard and its daily media release.

When OHA updates the mortality record, more COVID-related mortality is reported daily until the backlog is resolved. The reporting process is currently done manually, but the state is working on automating the system, which sometimes leads to a backlog, officials said.

“We are taking steps to ensure that our reports are comprehensive and transparent,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “We would like to express our condolences to all who have been infected with COVID-19. We deeply regret the pain that this disclosure may cause.”

Oregon is currently rated as the sixth lowest mortality rate in the United States, but this update to COVID deaths says Oregon is likely to pass one or two other states. Authorities say.

Authorities estimate an additional 4,000 Oregon deaths in order for Oregon to match the national average of COVID deaths. According to authorities, the state’s low mortality rate is due to vaccinations, wearing masks, and other measurements of social distance.

The reported deaths are expected to be high, despite the small number of daily cases. According to OHA, this is due to the time it takes for a person who tests positive for COVID to die.

More than 4,200 people have already died from the virus in Oregon.

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