Texas Covid-19

rumble_lion

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Looks like Texas was under reporting Coronavirus deaths.

Oops. They forgot to look at death certificates.

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/27/texas-coronavirus-deaths/

After months of undercounting coronavirus deaths, Texas’ formal tally of COVID-19 fatalities grew by more than 600 on Monday after state health officials changed their method of reporting.

The revised count indicates that more than 12% of the state’s death tally was unreported by state health officials before Monday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is now counting deaths marked on death certificates as caused by COVID-19. Previously, the state relied on local and regional public health departments to verify and report deaths.

Public health experts have said for months that the state’s official death toll is an undercount. State health officials said Monday that the policy change would improve the accuracy and timeliness of their data.

Texas law requires death certificates to be filed within 10 days.

“This method does not include deaths of people who had COVID-19 but died of an unrelated cause,” the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a news release.​
 

BoulderFish

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Looks like Texas was under reporting Coronavirus deaths.

Oops. They forgot to look at death certificates.

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/27/texas-coronavirus-deaths/

After months of undercounting coronavirus deaths, Texas’ formal tally of COVID-19 fatalities grew by more than 600 on Monday after state health officials changed their method of reporting.

The revised count indicates that more than 12% of the state’s death tally was unreported by state health officials before Monday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is now counting deaths marked on death certificates as caused by COVID-19. Previously, the state relied on local and regional public health departments to verify and report deaths.

Public health experts have said for months that the state’s official death toll is an undercount. State health officials said Monday that the policy change would improve the accuracy and timeliness of their data.

Texas law requires death certificates to be filed within 10 days.

“This method does not include deaths of people who had COVID-19 but died of an unrelated cause,” the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a news release.​

Oh my gosh. This changes everything.
 

BoulderFish

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It's not like we need accurate information to determine how to reopen the economy safely or anything like that.

Nobody agrees more than me that accuracy is important in order to make informed, optimal decisions. So, it's good Texas is correcting this mistake.

But our media's sensationalizing of everything Coronavirus and Covid has everyone's (including our elected officials) beliefs and understandings so far from accurate, this 600 death correction doesn't even cause a ripple in the sea of misinformation out there. That is why I made light of your post.

There are still many people out there that think walking through a room where someone with Covid is hanging out is going to cause them to catch it. 90% of my town (Boulder) thinks that if they cross paths within 6' of someone with Covid on a hiking trail, they might catch it. Believe it or not, there are actually people out there that think case numbers going up is a bad thing. Oh, and get this... There are people -- including elected officials who are making rules for us -- who think we can count on a vaccine.

A 600 death adjustment in Texas doesn't even show up on the radar of effects caused by all these (plus many more like it) pieces of misinformation perpetuated by our science-denying media.
 

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It's not like we need accurate information to determine how to reopen the economy safely or anything like that.
I know. You can just let it burn through your state at the start, kill a bunch of old people and then claim victory after staying locked down after the virus has already run its course.

Genius!
 
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gjbankos

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It's not like we need accurate information to determine how to reopen the economy safely or anything like that.
Says the guy who didn't give a shit that florida's covid counts were all f'd up.

People must die - we have an election in 100 days. Right, ramble?
 

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Other states have used death certificate scraping as a way to push up their deaths. Why can't Texas, too?
 

rumble_lion

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Other states have used death certificate scraping as a way to push up their deaths. Why can't Texas, too?

The republican governor of Texas is trying to push up his covid death counts? Because he wants himself or Trump to look bad? Wait, what?
 
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