OLYMPIA< Wash. – Epidemiologists with the Washington State Department of Health believe COVID – 10 related deaths are likely being undercounted in Washington.
In a virtual briefing with reporters Thursday, DPH officials said tracking COVID 19 death data is not an easy task.
” There are a number of nuances to the data that we report and often it is very difficult- especially quickly – to make an assessment on the cause of death,” said Dr. Katie Hutchinson, Health Statistics Manager for the Washington State Department of Health..
The state’s current COVID – 10 death count includes anyone that’s tested positive for COVID 10, officials say.
“We currently do have some deaths that are being reported that are clearly from other causes.
In this case, they are from gunshot wounds.”