County Health Department dials number of COVID-19 deaths back to 28

Yesterday, according to the numbers on the Livingston County Health Department’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage, the number of deaths from COVID-19 was listed as 29.

After a month of holding steady at 28, that another death occurred was newsworthy, and I posted a piece on it.

When I checked the website again today, the number was 28. Confused, I contacted the health department. I was told that it was “just an editing error on our webpage (corrected this morning).”

“We remain at 28 deaths in the county,” said Natasha Radke, the health department’s public information officer.

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Journalist Maria Stuart worked at The Livingston County Press/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus as a reporter, editor and managing editor from 1990-2009. These days, she runs The Livingston Post.