“dangerous,” “disgusting,” and “malarkey.”?
I think the gubbernor was describing hisownslef.
Officials in Washington have admitted that gunshot victims are included in the coronavirus death count.
The state’s Department of Health reported about 100 cases of people with the coronavirus or “probable” cases of the COVID-19 virus who died and were included in the total tally of deaths attributed to the pandemic, but officials can’t trace how the patient contracted the virus.
“So our method that we use to give up to date counts related to COVID death is not our usual process for how we track data for deaths in Washington,” Dr. Katie Hutchison, health statistics manager for the Department of Health, said. “We had to modify what we normally do in order to quickly meet the data and informational needs of the pandemic. We’re aware that there is some confusion about how this works and whether or not this modified process is accurate.”
The Freedom Foundation found that of the 828 coronavirus deaths reported as of May 8:
- 681 (82%) “list some variation of ‘COVID-19’ in one of the causes of death” on the death certificate.
- 41 (5%) of the death certificates do not list COVID-19 as a cause of death but indicate it was a “significant condition contributing to death.”
- 106 (13%) deaths involved people who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 but did not have the virus listed as a cause or contributing factor to their death on their death certificate.
“Our dashboard numbers do include any death to a person that has tested positive to COVID-9,” Hutchison said.
Local outlets in the area have reported the numbers then include people who tested positive for the virus but died from other causes, such as gunshot wounds.
“We currently do have some deaths that are being reported that are clearly from other causes,” Hutchison added. “We have about five deaths, less than five deaths, that we know of that are related to obvious other causes. In this case, they are from gunshot wounds.”
According to the Freedom Foundation, the state’s Department of Health said, “Ultimately … we suspect that we are actually more likely to be under-counting deaths than over-counting them. … It may take up to a year or more to get final counts on COVID-19 deaths.”
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has called the findings “dangerous,” “disgusting,” and “malarkey.”