Colorado likely won’t have an accurate coronavirus death count for months, or even years

The Colorado Sun: Across Colorado, there is a mystery brewing in mortality.

At least 1,200 more people died last month in the state compared to in April 2019, according to official — though preliminary — figures. But only a fraction of that increase is currently being attributed to the novel coronavirus.

So, in a time of unprecedented public health crisis and unprecedented restrictions on travel, what else is killing Coloradans?

The question has become politically heated, the topic of conspiracy theories and partisan bickering. It has brought almost unheard of scrutiny to the sometimes creaky world of vital statistics reporting. It has subjected the state’s coroners to deep criticism — including from their own neighbors — even as they are working like everybody else to understand what the heck is going on.

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