Greetings from the State Office of Vital Records:
New Video Guidance for Certification of COVID-19 Deaths
To supplement the published guidance on filling out death certificates for deaths related to COVID-19, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has released a short video on the NCHS YouTube channel. The video runs a little over 3 minutes and can be accessed directly at
Guidance for certifying COVID-19 deaths when the decedent has underlying health conditions
When certifying deaths due to COVID-19 it can be important to list pre-existing health conditions that could increase susceptibility to infection or exacerbate the disease. However, please be mindful that those conditions should be listed in Part II of the death certificate as
. Conditions like diabetes, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or asthma are just some examples of conditions that should be listed in Part II when present. Such conditions should not be listed on lines A through D when reporting deaths due to COVID-19 because they did not cause the COVID-19, nor were they caused by COVID-19.
Seventy-seven year old male
with Hypertension and COPD presented to the emergency department with 4 days of fever, cough, and increasing shortness of breath. Respiratory specimens tested positive for COVID-19. The patient was admitted to the ICU. On day 3 day of admission he experienced worsening respiratory acidosis for several hours, then cardiac arrest.
How should this death be recorded in GAVERS?