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COVID death counts for NYS vary by more than 11K

Gov. Andrew Cuomo sits to the right of a wall chart detailing COVID-19 nursing home deaths
Darren McGee
Office of the Governor
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (l) detailing the number of COVID-19 nursing home deaths in February

The federal government's count of those who died from coronavirus in New York has 11,000 more names than the tally publicized by the Cuomo administration.

The governor's staff have stuck with a far more conservative approach to counting COVID-19 deaths. So the discrepancy in death counts has continued to widen this year, according to an Associated Press review.

New York state's official death count is just over 43,000, but the state provided the federal government data showing roughly 54,000 people have died with COVID-19 as a cause or contributing factor listed on their death certificate.

The governor said another six people died as of Tuesday, including one in Erie County.

Experts said differing death tolls fuels public distrust in the nation's pandemic response.

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