Errors in the Reported COVID-19 Death Toll in a Californian County: The Number of Deaths is Significantly Revised

Errors in the Reported COVID-19 Death Toll in a Californian County: The Number of Deaths is Significantly Revised

The officials of a Californian county previously assumed that anyone who has died while infected with COVID has died because of the coronavirus itself. This obviously raises the theoretical possibility for the official COVID death toll to be exaggerated.

The Californian county in question is Alameda, and it now cuts its COVID death toll by about 25% after concluding that some of those deaths were not a “direct result” of the coronavirus, according to More precisely, the county narrowed down the total number of COVID deaths to 1,223 from 1,634. This will obviously cause huge waves of discontent and distrust of the people in the authorities.

“Clearly not caused by COVID”

Neetu Balram, who is a spokesperson for Alameda County Public Health, confirmed that some of the deaths “were clearly not caused by COVID”, as The Los Angeles Times reveals.

If we look at the overall reported numbers for infections and deaths caused by COVID-19 in the US, the country starts to look better and better compared to other periods. According to, there were only 6,408 infections and 164 deaths caused by the coronavirus in the US yesterday, which is a positive record in the context of the ongoing pandemic. The country has been dealing even with hundreds of thousands of infections in some days.

When announcing the changes, the officials of Alameda county used the example of a person who died in a car accident and tested positive for COVID. While considering the initial procedure, the person’s death would have been considered an outcome of the COVID infection, which is obviously absurd.

In a recent statement, the Alameda County Public Health Department said:

When the state implemented these guidelines, Alameda County became aware of the conflicting definitions and made a plan to conduct the update when cases and deaths stabilized.

For the entire Californian state, more than 63,000 people were reported to have died because of the coronavirus.


Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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