A Florida health official on Thursday admitted that a man in his 20s who died in a motorcycle accident was listed as a coronavirus death, raising questions about the validity of the state's COVID-19 fatality count.
Orange County health officer Dr. Raul Pino told a local FOX News affiliate that the man who died in the crash did not have any underlying medical conditions.
"I don't think so. I have to double-check," Pino said when asked about removing the man from the death count. "We were arguing, discussing, or trying to argue with the state. Not because of the numbers... but the fact that the individual didn't die from COVID-19... But you could actually argue that it could have been the COVID-19 that caused him to crash. I don't know the conclusion of that one."
An investigation conducted by the news network revealed that positivity rates from coronavirus testing were significantly lower than what the county was reporting.
Fox News' Danielle Lama also provided an update.
? While questions concerning states' coronavirus death reporting have been raised — including by White House coronavirus response team member Dr. Deborah Birx, who suggested in May that cases could be inflated as much as 25% — other state health departments and virology experts contend that coronavirus counts are actually too conservative.