The number of New Yorkers who died at home grew, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday, but unless they have received a positive diagnosis, their number is not yet included in the COVID-19 official tally, although it is believed that viruses can be responsible for the majority of their deaths.
“There is no question in my mind, the driver of this great uptick in death at home is COVID-19,” de Blasio said. “Some people are dying directly of it and some people are dying of it, but it’s the tragic X factor here.”
Currently each person with a laboratory-certified COVID-19 diagnostic is counted among the deaths whether they die at home or in a hospital, according to a statement from the city health department.
Meanwhile, the number of city residents who die at home each day has reached 200, according to Gothamist, compared to a total of 20 to 25 per day before the epidemic. A few of them are not confirmed case-causing, publications said.
The medical examiner’s Office is unable to provide data on the number of people dying at home daily.
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The city says that it is now working to put in their report at the dead House that can be linked to COVID-19 but not the certification laboratory.
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