Essentially, prior to this new change, COVID-19 deaths were fairly high, now it has been amended. The new deaths caused by COVID-19 are now sitting at 878. Earlier, deaths counted simply did so based on the presence of COVID. Instead of whether COVID was the active cause of the death.
Now, deaths will only be counted when COVID is the sole reason of the fatality. When the previous number was sitting at 1000+, it’s a good change to see.
One of the biggest reasons we saw this major change was when a man’s death in Montezuma was dubbed COVID related. Later investigations by a coroner showed that the man actually perished from alcohol poisoning.
According to the CDC: “When COVID-19 is reported as a cause of death on the death certificate, it is coded and counted as a death due to COVID-19. COVID-19 should not be reported on the death certificate if it did not cause or contribute to the death.”
“What the people of Colorado want to know is not who died with COVID-19, but who died of COVID-19.”
Polis probably knows that there is a benefit to a stronger sense of transparency. Recently there’s been a spat of protests in Denver concerning misinformation and shelter in place orders. Tensions have certainly gotten even more strained.
Plus, Colorado reopenings are now on the list. Hopefully meaning that protests and tensions will ease down a little bit. The new way of sharing COVID information may help as well.
Let us know what you think of Colorado’s changes to reporting COVID related deaths in the comments below!