Massachusetts Health Department Acknowledges Overcount of Covid-19 Deaths

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The Massachusetts Department of Health acknowledges its health-tracking methodology led to a “significant overcount” in COVID-19 deaths in the state. The department announced it would be removing 4,081 deaths from the state’s overall count. Massachusetts deemed a fatality COVID-related if the deceased individual had a COVID-19 diagnosis within 60 days of death. “…our approach proved to be too expansive and led to a significant overcount of deaths in Massachusetts,” Public Health Commissioner Margret Cooke said.