As Connecticut prepares to begin its phased reopening, there is still no clear picture of how many of its residents have died of COVID-19 — the result, at least in part, of a complicated, fragmented  and outdated system of reporting deaths.

Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday said 3,449 people in the state have died of the virus, but that preliminary number may not count all of the most recent deaths. In fact, the governor recently said the daily death toll he announces “reflects, I’m afraid, things that were happening some weeks ago.”

New York and New Jersey’s death counts have dropped since their peaks about a month ago. So did New Jersey’s. But that trend is not apparent nor immediately verifiable in Connecticut because of

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