Governor Defends, Explains New York’s Undercount Of COVID Deaths


ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Governor Andrew Cuomo defended the state’s death count during the COVID-19 pandemic, following a report by the Associated Press that says New York may have undercounted the number of deaths from the disease by as many as 11,000 people.

The AP reports that, according to data that New York State has provided to the federal government on the number of deaths from COVID-19, the CDC says around 54,000 New Yorkers have passed away so far during the pandemic. But the state Health Department lists around 43,000 deaths from the disease.

Governor Cuomo was asked about the discrepancy at a news conference.

“We have always reported lab tested results,” Cuomo said. “CDC asks for additional information.”

Cuomo says the state gives the federal agency data about presumed deaths due to Covid, and leaves it to the federal government to report that tally.

The AP finds that other states including California, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey report death numbers that mirror the CDC numbers, and count all cases where COVID is either the cause of death or a contributing factor.