by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor | John Locke Foundation
On Friday, June 4, I noted that the state Department of Health and Human Services had reported 50 new deaths from or with Covid-19 between Tuesday, June 1, and that Friday. Several of those “new” deaths, however, had occurred in 2020 — going all the way back to the previous June.
DHHS doesn’t issue Covid updates over the weekends anymore, so Monday’s report was the first time since Friday. DHHS lists 48 new deaths from or with Covid-19 since Friday. When did those deaths actually take place?
So of the 48 “new” deaths announced Monday, 13 had occurred in 2020, and 14 occurred in January and February. What is going on?
In fact, going back to the last Tuesday’s report, DHHS had reported 98 “new” deaths. Of those:
In other words, fewer than half (42.8%) of the “new” deaths reported actually occurred in the past three weeks, while roughly the same proportion (41.8%) occurred back in February or earlier (19.4% occurred last year).
As a reminder: it’s June.