Ohio health dept. to retire system after 4K uncounted deaths

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Ohio State University clinic manager Paige Blankenship, left, administers one of the first Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines to Osvaldo Campanella Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state health department official says an outdated reporting system led to the undercount of more than 4,200 COVID-19 deaths in Ohio and will now be retired.

The Ohio Department of Health will retire the manual system that has provided a real-time death toll from the pandemic.

Last month, a breakdown in the system led to a massive adjustment in the death count.

The department will switch Tuesday to exclusively relying on a slower but more reliable and accurate system to count virus-related deaths.

It had used this slower process as a quality check to reconcile the data from the manual system that failed.

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