As reports of Covid-19 cases and fatalities continue to mount in states such as Florida, disturbing details are beginning to emerge about the information being given to the rest of the country.
Local affiliate FOX35 in Florida, has been at the forefront in uncovering questionable statistics coming out of the state.
FOX35 just recently released interview footage with one Florida health official who admits that one fatality reported as Covid-19 was in face a motorcyclist who had died in a crash.
Here's their report:
“The first one didn’t have any. He died in a motorcycle accident,” Pino said.
Dr. Pino was asked if the man’s data was removed.
“I don’t think so. I have to double-check,” Pino said. “We were arguing, discussing, or trying to argue with the state. Not because of the numbers — it’s 100…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 could actually argue that it could have been the COVID-19 that caused him to crash. I don’t know the conclusion of that one.”
There are still two people in their 20s on Orange County’s data list for coronavirus deaths.
So is this a contradiction to how the state says it’s counting deaths?
Earlier this week, the Florida Department of Health sent FOX 35 News a statement that attempted to clarify that a "COVID death" is determined if, "COVID19 is listed as the immediate or underlying cause of death, or listed as one of the significant conditions contributing to death. Or, if there is a confirmed COVID-19 infection from a lab test – and the cause of death doesn’t meet exclusion criteria – like trauma, suicide, homicide, overdose, motor-vehicle accident, etc."
The most disturbing segment of the report was when the Dr. tried making the argument that Covid-19 could arguably have led to the individual crashing his motorcyle.
Fox35 this revelation is part of an investigation spearheaded by Fox35, who first discovered that labs in Florida were not reporting all test results to the state.
It appeared many labs were only sending back the positive result numbers.
Here's the NYPost's report on this discovery:
ncomplete reporting from some Florida laboratories resulted in errors on the state’s report on virus positivity rates, according to a Fox 35 News report.
“Countless labs have reported a 100 percent positivity rate, which means every single person tested was positive,” Fox 35 News reported Tuesday. “Other labs had very high positivity rates.”
Orlando Health, for example, reported a 98 percent positivity rate. Lee Memorial Hospital Lab, PanCare of Florida, Inc and Advance Medical of Naples all reported 100 percent positivity rates; no negative results were included.
That rate implies every person tested had a positive result.
Fox 35 News said it investigated the numbers by contacting every local location listed in the report. Orlando Health confirmed to Fox News that the 98 percent figure is incorrect and the positivity rate is actually 9.4 percent.
“Orlando Health understands this is confusing,” a spokeswoman for Orlando Health said, in an emailed statement sent to Fox News Tuesday. “As you look through the entire Department of Health ‘testing by laboratory’ site, you will see multiple Orlando Health hospitals listed.”
It is not clear how the discrepancy between the two numbers emerged. An Orlando Health spokeswoman told the Orlando Sentinel that the organization is looking into how the 98 percent figure was reported.
Lori Ann Martell, practice administrator at Advance Medical of Naples, wrote an e-mail statement to Fox News saying, “we report daily total tests done (positive and negative) along with the required information on positive reporting. Both pieces of information are sent together.”
However, the state report did not have any data on negative virus tests for Advance Medical of Naples.
A VA spokesperson told Fox 35 News that the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s positivity rate is actually 6 percent, not 76 percent as seen on the report. Fox News has reached out to the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center with a request for comment on this story.
The Florida Department of Health confirmed to Fox 35 News on Tuesday that though private and public laboratories are required to immediately report both positive and negative cases, “some have not.”
“Specifically, they said that some smaller, private labs were not reporting negative test result data to the state,” Fox 35 News reported.
Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., in a Fox News interview, said county commissioners, schools and governors are among those making “real-time decisions” based off the numbers.
“…So if you have some of these labs not reporting the negatives, only reporting the positives, skewing these numbers…they’re messing with the truth,” Mast said. “They’re not allowing information that allows Americans to manage their own risk, manage their own health and make the decisions that they need to make…”
Reporting like this is what the 1st Amendment is all about.
Without this great work we would be forced to accept whatever is fed to us by the governments around the country.
But unfortunately this investigation raises even more questions than we can answer.
If one state is skewing their numbers with testing results, how many across the country have been doing this all along?
If the state of Florida is ruling that Covid-19 can be ruled as a potential cause of death in virtually any case where the person was confirmed to have the virus, how many "covid deaths" across the country were like our motorcyclist here?
How many thousands of deaths may not be related to the virus in a true sense at all?