Dr IlliBuckey, Thank you for the response and taking the time to provide that information. Even in your own words "are likely directly related to the virus". That statement immediately eliminates as being verifiable either way. An educated assumption perhaps but still not verifiable. 21% probable cases and most likely majority of 22% of others. Which could also mean 0% of those were of Covid-19.
What exactly is "laboratory confirmed"? Does this mean autopsy or they tested positive? My understanding is ventilators have proven to be the wrong treatment for those effected and eventually a death sentence. My guess are they are all listed as Covid-19 deaths. But was it Covid-19 the cause of death or was it the ventilator. Would they have possibly recovered because as we know the survival rate is what 99%. Just because someone tested positive does not mean they actually passed away from it.
If we base it on 'baseline" we cannot do it as a whole. We have to look at everything. What is the baseline for cancer? Did it stay with the expected or did it drop or increase. Heart attack, Flu, every other death.
All of your numbers may very well be spot on. I am not saying the virus is not deadly or not to be taken seriously. But there is a lot of reasons to be skeptical on either way you lean on this issue.
Since you used NYC in your example. It just seems through this process most of the media information is from NYC, they interview Dr's from NYC on and on. It is not just for this but everything that happens in life. NYC is nothing like the rest of the country. NYC is probably the least place to begin when getting a pulse of what people think and are doing in this country. It was the reason in 2016 the polls predicted Hillary in a landslide. They admitted they never left NYC when doing their polls. Sorry that was just a side rant.