State Health Department changes Covid-19 death count reporting
March 4, 2021
Wednesday, March 3, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) stated, “We are changing the way we report Covid-19 deaths in an effort to show a more timely picture of the disease’s impact in Oklahoma. Moving forward, we will include the Provisional Death Count provided by CDC/NCHS in the daily Situation Update reports.
“The Provisional Death Count is based on death certificates. As cases increased toward the end of 2020, our investigating epidemiologists began encountering larger numbers of incomplete records requiring in-depth investigation. This process has subsequently caused...