New York Playbook

“If the state’s 2,357 COVID-attributed deaths are subtracted from this year’s spike as provided by the clerks, the remaining 951 fatalities would still represent a 29 percent increase. Clerks and experts cited a variety of factors — from likely misclassified deaths early in the pandemic to nursing homes’ lack of resident testing — all tied to one thing. ‘This can only be explained by COVID,’ said University of California at Irvine Associate Professor Andrew Noymer, who has been researching pandemics for more than 13 years.” Newsday’s Jim Baumbach, Matthew Clark, Paul LaRocco and David M. Schwartz.