1/ Texas added more than 600 coronavirus deaths to the state's official tally today after state health officials changed their method of counting. The state is now relying on death certificates, instead of local and regional public health departments.
2/2 Hispanic Texans are overrepresented in the state's updated death count, making up 47% of deaths, according to health officials. They make up about 40% of the state's population.
The state’s tally of coronavirus deaths is actually closer to 5,700. Monday the Texas Department of State Health Services said it’s now counting deaths marked on death certificates as caused by COVID-19. reports
With new counting method, we have lots more info about who's dying of COVID-19 in Texas. Black Texans are at greater risk of dying—12% of population, 14% of COVID deaths. White Texans are dying at lower rates: 41% of population, but 35% of deaths.
Texas coronavirus deaths jump 12% after state changes how it counts them | The Texas Tribune
They were undercounting Hispanic people’s deaths.
Texas coronavirus deaths jump 12% after state changes how it counts them | The Texas Tribune