California's Alameda County has revised its coronavirus death toll, reducing the number of people whose deaths had been attributed to the virus by around 25 percent after adjusting parameters for what was considered a COVID-related death.
Previously, the county was counting people as part of its COVID death toll if they died when infected with the virus – even if they died in an obviously unrelated matter, like in a car accident.
The new guidelines put the county in line with California state guidelines, which don't count obviously unrelated deaths.
'Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused nearly 600,000 deaths in the United States, the vast majority of infections do not result in death, and deaths due to other causes while infected with COVID-19 are not uncommon,' the county said in a news release, explaining the change.
Alameda County, which includes Oakland and Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area, had …