County of Santa Clara Refines Criteria for Identification of COVID-19 Deaths

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Shift Reduces Total Number of Deaths Attributed to the Pandemic by Approximately 22 Percent

Santa Clara County, CA – As a part of continuous efforts to better understand the health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the community, County of Santa Clara officials announced today that the County’s Public Health Department has conducted a review of all COVID-19 associated deaths reported among county residents who died both inside and outside the county since the onset of the pandemic and has refined the definition for COVID-related deaths. This shift reduces the total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic by approximately 22 percent. The refined definition includes only deaths in which COVID-19 is listed as part of the cause of death on the death certificate, incorporating information provided by health experts including medical providers and the County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office. The County’s data dashboards will be updated over the next several days to reflect these refined criteria for COVID-19 deaths.

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