A Colorado coroner is outraged over the “inflated” coronavirus-related death totals in Grand County.
According to Brenda Bock, the county’s five COVID-19 deaths include two gunshot wound victims.
The state health department, however, says they’re simply following protocol from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by including anyone who’s tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 30 days.
“It’s absurd that they would even put that on there,” Bock said, according to 4CBS Denver. “Would you want to go to a county that has really high death numbers? Would you want to go visit that county because they’re contagious? You know, I might get it, and I could die if all of a sudden one county has a high death count. We don’t have it, and we don’t need those numbers inflated.”
“The state health department says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires them to report people who’ve died with COVID-19 in their systems because it’s crucial for public health surveillance,” 4CBS Denver reported, outlining how the state codes coronavirus deaths:
Deaths due to COVID-19:
This is based on CDC coding of death certificates where COVID-19 is listed as the cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Read more…