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WASHINGTON EXAMINER: San Diego County supervisor says six of 194 confirmed deaths are 'pure, solely coronavirus' deaths
by Andrew Mark Miller | May 15, 2020 11:52 AM
The supervisor of San Diego County, California, is pushing back against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order, arguing that only six of the county’s 194 recorded coronavirus deaths are “pure, solely coronavirus deaths.”
“We’ve unfortunately had six pure, solely coronavirus deaths — six out of 3.3 million people,” San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond said in an interview this week, according to the San Diego Tribune. “I mean, what number are we trying to get to with those odds? I mean, it’s incredible. We want to be safe, and we can do it, but unfortunately, it’s more about control than getting the economy going again and keeping people safe.” [...]
A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association in late April concluded that 94% of coronavirus patients in New York City hospitals suffered from preexisting conditions.
Desmond’s comments come as states across the country are debating how to classify coronavirus deaths in hospitals. Polls show that people are growing skeptical about the death counts being released by their local governments.
Coroners in Pennsylvania and Colorado have expressed frustration with the way coronavirus deaths are being tallied, and White House coronavirus task force response coordinator Deborah Birx said that the official death toll could be inflated by 25%.
“There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust," Birx reportedly said.
Fellow task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said he believes the number is being underreported.