• Richard Easson

As Coronavirus Numbers Increase, So Does Misreporting

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

Florida TV station, WOFL-TV, looked into public records that listed two individuals in their 20s who were recorded as passing from COVID-19. The station then asked Orange County Health Officer, Dr. Raul Pino, if either of them had an underlying condition. Dr. Pino noted that one of them didn't, because he was involved in a motorcycle accident.

After being asked if the health records were updated based on the discrepancy, Dr. Pino responded "I don't think so. I have to double-check. We were arguing, we were discussing, and trying to argue with the state. Not because of the numbers — I mean, it's a hundred; it doesn't make any difference if it's 99. But...the fact that the individual...didn't die from COVID-19, died in the crash. But you can actually argue that it could have been the COVID-19 that caused him to crash. So I don't know the conclusion of that one."

The inconstancies in COVID-19 tallies are reminiscent of other states' reports that included deaths that were not directly caused by the virus. Deaths from the coronavirus were being noted as such even though physicians or family members stated otherwise.

Back in April, in an interview with the Ann Arbor News, Macomb County, Michigan Chief Medical Examiner, Daniel Spitz, stated “I think a lot of clinicians are putting that condition (COVID-19) on death certificates when it might not be accurate because they died with coronavirus and not of coronavirus.”

This misreporting comes at a time when a Florida hospital handling coronavirus testing admitted to overstating its near-100% positivity rate by a factor of 10.

After an Orlando news station took on an investigation into the absurd numbers, several medical facilities confirmed that their positive rates were actually much lower than the figures supplied to the state government.

As Florida reports record-breaking infection rates, Just the News analyzed the state data and determined that the virus case numbers may have been inflated by as much as 30%.

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