When Oregon health officials said that Matthew Irvine, 26, had died from COVID in July, making him the youngest person in the state to die from the virus, his family was immediately suspicious.
None of his family or coworkers had COVID, and Matthew’s test for the virus at the hospital came back negative. It appears that health officials decided to list him as a victim of the coronavirus, simply because his symptoms were COVID-like.
Well, there are several diseases that provide Covid-like symptoms such as the flu, pneumonia and common cold.
But now recent testing of Matthew’s lung tissue by the CDC reveals he did not die from COVID.
The Blaze explains:
An Oregon family is searching for answers after new testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that their son, once presumed to be the youngest COVID-19 victim in the state, did not actually have the virus.
Matthew Irvin, 26, died suddenly in early July after falling severely ill just a few days prior. At the time, state health officials said his death was likely the result of the coronavirus due simply to the fact that he displayed several of the symptoms.
According to KGW-TV, Irvin was listed as the state’s youngest coronavirus victim.
“When including him in the death count, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) used information from Irvin’s death certificate, which listed COVID-19 as a cause or significant condition contributing to his death,” the news outlet said. “The state reports people who died from the disease and with the disease as the same thing. It says it’s in line with national recommendations from the CDC.”
Oregon health officials have now removed Matthew from their official COVID death count.
Of course, this is not the first time health officials have labelled a person as dying from COVID when they didn’t:
Of course, in addition to this there is that nasty glitch in the COVID testing that provides false positives: