Coronavirus: Ohio to pass 15,000 deaths after state adds 4,000 unreported COVID deaths

The state will quickly pass the milestone of 15,000 coronavirus deaths after about 4,000 unreported COVID-related deaths will be added to Ohio’s total.

The additional deaths, most of which happened in November and December, will be added during the coming week, the Ohio Department of Health announced Wednesday evening in a release.

The ODH said there were process problems that began in October regarding the reporting coronavirus-related deaths through the state’s system.

“Although being reported this week, the deaths will reflect the appropriate date of death on the state’s COVID-19 dashboard,” the release stated.

The ODH state as of Wednesday reported 11,856 deaths since March. The additional deaths will bring total deaths from coronavirus to nearly 16,000, ODH data shows.

The reporting error was identified by the ODH during a routine employee training, the department said. It will work with the Ohio Auditor’s Office, which has been auditing coronavirus data since September of 2020.

As the deaths are added to the counts, daily reported death counts will be higher for two to three days. Going forward, there will be increased quality assurance related to the death reporting process, the release said.

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