(WEHT)- Dr. Ngozi Ezike says the Illinois Department of Public Health is looking into removing inaccurate numbers from the state’s official COVID-19 toll.

Ezike says that while a majority of the reported deaths came from a COVID-19 related illness, a small number of those deaths may have come from patients who tested positive but died from unrelated reasons, like a gunshot wound or a car accident.

However, if someone died with cancer and COVID-19, they would still be included in the COVID-19 death total. Doctors say that data is important for scientists to examine how the virus attacks patients.

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(This story was originally published on May 14, 2020)