Computer error led Oregon to miss more than 10 percent of state’s COVID deaths
Many more people died of COVID-19 this summer than the state previously reported, according to a press release from the Oregon Health Authority.
The agency said state epidemiologists were unaware of the deaths until recently due to a computer error. OHA said it expects to add about 550 deaths that occurred between May and August to the state’s official total in the coming weeks. That amounts to missing more than 10% of all official COVID-19 deaths in Oregon.
The undercount took place during the worst surge of COVID-19 cases in Oregon since the pandemic began. OHA did not fully explain what the error was or when it was caught, but said it was related to an effort to automate the process of reconciling death records and COVID-19 case reports.
The additional deaths will affect Oregon’s national standing in COVID-19 death rates.
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