Colorado Coroner Says Gunshot Victims Are Being Listed As COVID Deaths

Brittany M. Hughes | December 18, 2020
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A Colorado coroner is calling attention to what she says are “inflated” COVID death stats, saying she’s personally witnessed obvious gunshot fatalities being classified as COVID deaths in state records.

Brenda Bock, the coroner in Colorado’s Grand County, alleged that some deaths being counted as coronavirus-related fatalities weren’t actually caused by COVID at all, including two gunshot victims who she claims were listed as COVID deaths in state records before she’d even finished the autopsy.

“These two people had tested positive for COVID, but that’s not what killed them. A gunshot wound is what killed them,” she told KCNC.

“The two cases were autopsied, and the cause of death was listed as ‘blunt-force injuries due to a gunshot wound,’” she added, explaining that the deaths were actually part of a murder-suicide as classified by police. “Nowhere did the pathologist say COVID was the cause of death…It’s absurd that they would even put that on there.”

Bock said those two deaths being listed as COVID deaths wound up making it look like Grand County had seen a 40 percent spike in COVID fatalities.

“If we want the public to trust and believe the information being released, we need to make sure it is accurate,” she added. “That might be the process, but it’s not right.”


The Colorado Health Department, on the other hand, said they were simply following federal reporting protocols and listing anyone who’d tested positive for the disease as a COVID fatality, regardless of what they actually died from.

Bock’s first-hand testimony adds to the growing pile of evidence amassed for month suggesting that many deaths attributed to COVID weren’t actually caused by the virus at all, creating confusion over exactly how many Americans have actually died from the disease.