Summit County updates COVID-19 death data

Summit County updates COVID-19 death data

A 37-year-old Summit County man died Aug. 17 at his residence and later tested positive for COVID-19, according to a news release from the Summit County Public Health Department. The death was not caused by COVID-19, according to the Summit County coroner; however, it is counted as a death among cases of the virus to align with the way the state tracks death data.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment records the deaths of people who died from COVID-19 as well as those who died and had the virus.

Since the pandemic began, Summit County has had a total of six deaths among people who had the virus but died of other causes. That includes a previously unreported 50-year-old male who died May 4 and later tested positive for the virus.

Three residents have died as a direct result of the virus, with respiratory failure due to COVID-19 listed on their death certificates, giving Summit County one of the lowest death rates in the state from the virus.

All deaths are reviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm that they fit the definition of deaths among COVID-19 cases. In one case, the CDC removed a death from Summit County’s tally after it was determined the death did not meet the criteria because the date of death was more than 30 days after the person’s COVID-19 diagnosis.

Summit County updates COVID-19 death data
Summit County updates COVID-19 death data

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