Texas death data suggest COVID-19 undercount is possible
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AUSTIN, Texas — Eyeing reports that more Texans have died in the first three months of 2020 than the historical average, some experts question whether the death toll from the new coronavirus might be an undercount.During January, February and March, 53,583 Texans died — 1,473 more than the average for that period in the previous six years, according to a USA Today Network analysis. Texas attributed 41 of the deaths to COVID-19 from Jan. 1 to March 31, with the first victim on March 17, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.Doctors told the USA Today Network that they could...

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