After a week of complaints, that Colorado health officials were padding COVID death numbers by including individuals who had died of other causes, on Friday, (May 15, 2020) the state’s health department removed 300 people from the list, lowering the Colorado’s COVID death count to 878 from 1,150.
The problem has been going on for a while, but came to a head last week when a coroner, who listed the cause of death for a man as alcohol poisoning because his blood alcohol level of .55 was twice lethal level, went public after state officials changed the cause of death to COVID, because the deceased also had the virus.
In a Sunday interview with Fox News, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) blamed the criteria set out by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) because it lists the cause of death as COVID if the person had the virus, even though they probably died of other causes.
Gov. Polis added “these are deaths that should not be politicized.”
The fact Colorado reduced its death count by 26% is curious because on May 9, 2020, the Washington Post stated that Dr. Deborah Birx, who coordinates the Coronavirus task force for the US, said she did not trust the CDC’s COVID statistics, saying the deaths and even reported cases of COVID could be overstated by “as much as 25%”.
Based on the Colorado’s reduction, Birx should have said by “at least 25%”. If Colorado’s reduction holds true across the US, then the American death count for COVID may be closer to 67,000 than the 91,000 where it currently sits.
In addition, some states are also listing the cause of death as COVID even if the people weren’t actually tested, as long as they show the symptoms. Other diseases such as the flu and pneumonia have similar symptoms to COVID, but are not the flavor of the day.