Dem Colorado governor pushes back against CDC's coronavirus death count

by Peter Heck · May 18th, 2020 11:12 am

Colorado's Democrat governor, Jared Polis, has changed the official number of deaths in his state attributed to COVID-19.

Polis issued a public correction after a report from Colorado's state health department revealed that a previous tally had included people who carried the virus but died from other causes.

"The [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] criteria include anybody who has died with COVID-19, but what the people of Colorado and the people of the country want to know is how many people died of COVID-19," Polis told Fox News.

The adjustment dropped Colorado's official death count by nearly 300, from 1,150 deaths to 878.

The Colorado announcement follows Dr. Deborah Birx, White House task force response coordinator, questioning the legitimacy of the CDC's numbers herself.

"There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust," Birx reportedly told Robert Redfield, the director of the CDC.

Discrepancies over the methodology used in calculating coronavirus deaths have been intensified in a time of heightened political tension, something Polis made clear he wanted to avoid.

"No, in fact, one of the reasons we wanted to make sure we reported it out in a better way was to inspire confidence so that it wouldn't be politicized," Polis said. "These are deaths that should not be politicized."

Polis also signaled that his primary focus is getting his state back to work again.

"There's a time for politics, there's a time for elections. This isn't it," Polis said.


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