We told you so. And by “we told you so,” I mean here. And here. And now, here: one California County just cut its COVID death toll by a full quarter after further review determined the deaths were “clearly not” caused by the coronavirus.
According to this, Alameda County, which includes Oakland and Berkeley, whacked its official COVID death toll down from 1,634 to 1,223, a cut of about 25 percent, after it turned out all those deaths were people who died while infected with the virus, but who didn’t actually die from it.
A further review of so-called COVID "deaths" found these several hundred unfortunate folks actually passed away from something entirely different from the coronavirus - for example, people who tested positive for the virus but died from other unrelated things like, say, car accidents or homicides.
Oh – and here’s the best part. A spokesperson for the county’s public health department said they always “planned” to revise the numbers – numbers which were being used at the time to guide local and state restrictions that bankrupted countless businesses all while stoking fear among the general public – once everything had calmed down.
Fox News explains:
Neetu Balram, a spokesperson for Alameda County Public Health, said that some of the deaths "were clearly not caused by COVID," the Los Angeles Times reported.
"Obviously our definition was broader than the state’s," Balram said, adding that the department had always planned to conduct an update "when cases and deaths stabilized."
Now, county officials are swearing that even if the numbers – which, again, were off by a factor of at least 25%, assuming they’re now correct – had been accurate at the time, they still would have made the same decisions.
"We knew any change like this would have raised some eyebrows," Alameda County health officer Nicholas Moss told the Oaklandside. "Nothing about this changes our policy decisions now or during the height of the pandemic."