CLEVELAND — According to the Ohio Department of Health, as many as 4,000 COVID-19-related deaths may not have been reported through the state’s reporting system. The ODH said those deaths will be added to the state’s death total over the next week.
According to a statement from ODH, process issues affecting the reconciliation and reporting of these deaths began in October. The largest number of deaths were from November and December. Although being reported this week, the deaths will reflect the appropriate date of death on the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.
The unreported deaths were found during a routine employee training event.
"As these deaths are added to the counts, the daily reported death counts will be high for a two to three-day period. After this increase, normal processes will resume, with increased quality assurance related to the death reconciliation process," a spokesperson for ODH said.
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