No wonder the death count is so high. Are other states committing such flagrant abuses?
“WA Dept. of Health to stop counting deaths improperly attributed to COVID-19,” reads the headline
“One month after the Freedom Foundation reported that Washington state’s method for tallying COVID-19 fatalities could result in an inflated count, the Department of Health (DOH) has announced it will start removing deaths improperly attributed to the virus,” writes Maxford Nelsen.
“In a new fact sheet, DOH explains,
“Until now, we counted all people who died that tested positive for COVID-19. This method identifies people who had the virus, but fails to tell us whether COVID-19 caused their death… We will change the way we report COVID-19 deaths in two phases. Phase 1 will take place on June 17, and Phase 2 will roll out over the next few weeks.
Phase 1: Remove deaths where COVID-19 did not contribute to death from our death count. For Phase 1, this will result in seven deaths being removed from our current death count, including two suicides, three homicides, and two overdose deaths (emphasis added)… Additional non-COVID-19 deaths may be removed throughout the course of the COVID-19 outbreak.
When death reports in each county are corrected, there could be many more such “accidental” classifications.
Are other states committing such flagrant abuses?