The CBS12 News I-Team in Palm Beach County, Florida, has discovered several examples in Medical Examiner reports of deaths being incorrectly attributed to coronavirus.
The network's investigative team found "eight cases in which a person was counted as a COVID death, but did not have COVID listed as a cause of contributing cause of death."
CBS12 reported that a 60-year-old man who died from a gunshot wound to the head was counted as a coronavirus death. A 90-year-old man who fell and died from complications of a hip fracture and a 77-year old woman who passed away of Parkinson's disease were also both labeled as COVID deaths.
A Palm Beach County resident who has been suspicious of the numbers and has been researching the same issue believes the reporting "is completely misleading."
"We need to remove those cases that are not COVID exclusive, and we need to be giving people that information," the resident said.
Of the 581 coronavirus cases listed on a spreadsheet obtained by CBS12 from the Medical Examiner's office, only 169 deaths are listed as COVID without any contributing factors.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, recently informed Fox News that his office has been informed about the incorrectly reported deaths in the county.
"I think the public, when they see the fatality figures, they want to know who died because they caught COVID," DeSantis said. "If you're just in a car accident — and we have had other instances where there is no real relationship, and it's been counted, we want to look at that and see how pervasive that issue is as well."
? Last weekend, Florida health officials in Orange County admitted that man in his twenties who died in a motorcycle accident was listed as a coronavirus death.