Data from the Centers of Disease Control have found that there were 9,000 more deaths in seven states than official totals have reported, including here in Massachusetts.
Federal health officials noted that there were 1,200 more deaths in the Bay State between March 8th and April 11th, than there were in the same period last year.
In the same period, the reported deaths due to COVID-19 in the state was 686.
This discrepancy is leading some experts to believe that coronavirus-related fatalities are going uncounted.
“It’s really important to try to get these numbers right and try to get an estimate for how severe the epidemic has been and how severe it might be so that the public can understand why we are making these major sacrifices that we are right now,” epidemiologist Dr. Daniel Weinberger, told WCVB-TV Channel 5.
The other states included in the report are Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and New York.