Washington State has undoubtedly been one of the hardest hit by Coronavirus and the pandemic that has so wholly engulfed not only our nation but the world. From the get-go, it seemed to report both case and death numbers higher than most. And, in fact, it still does.
According to the News Tribune of Tacoma, 1,078 Americans have died from the disease in the state as of Tuesday. However, new information suggests that quite a few of those numbers may not be entirely due to COVID-19 or even slightly related.
The Freedom Foundation reported last week that included in the state’s numbers were several fatal gunshot wounds. And on Thursday, this information was confirmed by a Washington State Department of Health official during a press conference.
Dr. Katie Hutchinson, who is the health statistics manager for the state’s DOH, said in the briefing, “We currently do have some deaths that are being reported that are clearly from other causes.” She then went on to explain that “about five” were actually due to “gunshot wounds.”
“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.”
The health department official further stated that these numbers would eventually be corrected and removed from the COVID-19 death count. But for the time being, they will remain.
Now, I know that a mere five or “less than five” deaths in a state with so many may not seem like much. Nevertheless, it’s still a clear indication that something is amiss with their counting system.
It is also noted that Hutchinson said that this is the number of gunshot deaths that “we know of” that are included, meaning there could be more. And if they are misreporting something as obvious as gunshot wounds, how likely do you think it is that they are falsifying other causes of death, such as pneumonia, the actual flu, or even cancer?
I’d say it’s pretty high, especially considering the state’s current policy on reporting coronavirus deaths.
You see, as of right now, if a person has tested positive for COVID-19 and later dies, the state’s DOH has been classifying it as a Coronavirus death. So if that person tested positive, recovered fully from the disease, and then later was shot and killed, the death still counts as being COVID related. The same could be true of any number of reasons for death, regardless of the person even ever had symptoms.
In addition, per the CDC’s guidelines, the state is allowed to count any death ‘presumed’ to be COVID-related as such, even if they were never tested or the test came back inconclusive. So if I have a cold or flu, with similar symptoms to COVID-19, but never actually get tested and then later die, guess what? It counts as a Coronavirus death.
As the Freedom Foundation reports, some 13 percent of the state’s deaths were not actually caused by Coronavirus.
It seems a little dishonest, doesn’t it?
Well, you and I wouldn’t be the only ones to think so.
In fact, several other states who have had similar counting policies have recently been forced to revise their numbers, making them much lower than previously estimated.
Take Colorado, for instance. Previously the state had reported about 1,150 deaths. And yet, after a revision to their policy, the Department of Health and Environment now says that number is closer to 878.
Quite a difference, huh?
And in Virginia, the state has had to retract statements and revise their policy after it was found that positive tests were being “double-counted.” If a person was tested four times and found to be positive each time, they counted it has four positives, which obviously upped the number of cases considerably further spreading panic an alarm.
Yet, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington doesn’t seem as though misrepresentation bothers him in the least. In fact, when asked about it during a recent press conference, he became visibly irritated and defensive, even going so far as to call any report that disagreed with his own as “deep state malarkey.”
But is it malarkey to report actual numbers and be honest with the public?
It seems Dictator Inslee would rather keep his residents in a state of panic and lockdown, which coincidentally lets him make up whatever rules he wants.