COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A state health department official says an outdated reporting system led to the undercount of more than 4,200 COVID-19 deaths in Ohio and will now be retired.
The Ohio Department of Health will retire the manual system that has provided a real-time death toll from the pandemic.
Last month, a breakdown in the system led to a massive adjustment in the death count.
The department switched Tuesday to exclusively relying on a slower but more reliable and accurate system to count virus-related deaths. It had used this slower process as a quality check to reconcile the data from the manual system that failed.