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The shift to a new data tracking system from the state health department has caused lags and discrepancies in reporting deaths from COVID-19. 

According to the state health department’s dashboard, as of Friday Morning, Greene County had reported just 25 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began here in March.

In reality, the death toll was 65. 

That trend has extended to other jurisdictions as well. On Monday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services was under-reporting deaths statewide by about 11 percent, according to a News-Leader analysis. 

But DHSS spokeswoman Lisa Cox assured people that the discrepancies aren’t part of a conspiracy to under-count deaths.

A screenshot of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service’s dashboard shows the stat’s lagging reporting system for deaths.