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Texas hospital CEO: COVID inpatient count 'misinterpreted,' level of alarm 'unwarranted'
justthenews.com ^ | June 25, 2020 | Daniel Payne

Posted on 06/30/2020 4:59:04 PM PDT by ransomnote

Health officials in Texas are logging every single COVID-19-positive hospital patient in the state as a COVID-19 hospitalization, even if the patients themselves are admitted seeking treatment for something other than the coronavirus. 

That policy may be serving to artificially inflate what ostensibly seems like a significant COVID-19 surge in the state. Texas has lately been the focal point of national anxiety over concerns that a "second wave" of the coronavirus has begun there after the state began reopening nearly two months ago. 

COVID-19 hospitalizations there have been on a steady upward track for about the last two weeks, per the state's coronavirus dashboard, which on Thursday recorded about 4,400 coronavirus hospitalizations in the state. But at least part of that trend may be due to liberal coding policies by state officials. 

Lindsey Rosales, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services, confirmed to Just the News this week that the state is categorizing every inpatient in the state with a positive COVID-19 test as a COVID-19 hospitalization. 

"The number of hospitalized patients includes patients with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 even if the person is admitted to the hospital for a different reason," Rosales said. 

Asked if inpatients in the state are tested for COVID-19 whenever they arrive for treatment, Rosales said, "Hospitals set their own protocols for determining when and if to test patients for COVID-19."

She said the state does not keep track of the patients hospitalized with the coronavirus versus those hospitalized specifically because of it. 

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1 posted on 06/30/2020 4:59:04 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote
Government Political POWER GRABS using fear !

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2 posted on 06/30/2020 5:02:20 PM PDT by timestax
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To: ransomnote

The scamdemic will end on Nov 4, 2020


3 posted on 06/30/2020 5:05:55 PM PDT by A strike (" Was that wrong? Should I not have done this? " - Costanza)
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To: ransomnote

Greg Abbott disappoints me


4 posted on 06/30/2020 5:11:02 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ransomnote; All

This is why the numbers are meaningless. If some bozo dies from food poisoning, they put Covid19 on the toe tag and advise Fauci of an astronomical rising trend.


5 posted on 06/30/2020 5:12:02 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn’t common anymore.)
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Copied and sent out; many thanks for posting!


6 posted on 06/30/2020 5:12:38 PM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000)
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To: A strike

Like in 2016 when election day ended months of dishonest scare tactics with accompanying gloom and doom?


7 posted on 06/30/2020 5:13:25 PM PDT by epluribus_2 (He, had the best mom - ever.)
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To: ransomnote

“The number of hospitalized patients includes patients with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 even if the person is admitted to the hospital for a different reason,” Rosales said.”
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This makes sense in that, if when you go to the hospital because you broke your leg and they check out that nasty cough you have and find out it’s covid, the covid is the more important, overriding diagnosis.

A broken leg isn’t highly contagious (unless a lot of people trip over your cast and break their own appendages) and doesn’t require special hospital environs/setup - a bed in a general ward will do fine.

If it is falsely is presented as being admitted for covid only, that is a problem. It counts as a covid infection, but may not become a covid-based hospitalization unless the illness progresses. They need to be clearer with the terminology.


8 posted on 06/30/2020 5:20:43 PM PDT by LouieFisk
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To: epluribus_2; A strike; WildHighlander57

9 posted on 06/30/2020 5:21:45 PM PDT by 4Liberty (CoVid19, n. A seasonal respiratory infection politicized to harm the U.S. economy & its President.)
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It didn’t make sense to the physicians I watched talking about it. Other diagnoses do not over rule a broken leg, until Covid-19 came along. It’s not more urgent medically, particularly if the person is asymptomatic. The current practice is designed to over report Covid-19 at all costs.


10 posted on 06/30/2020 5:22:56 PM PDT by ransomnote (IN GOD WE TRUST)
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To: 4Liberty

EXCELLENT !!

You win today!!


11 posted on 06/30/2020 5:30:05 PM PDT by A strike (" Was that wrong? Should I not have done this? " - Costanza)
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To: LouieFisk
$$$
12 posted on 06/30/2020 5:35:11 PM PDT by TexasGator (Z1z)
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To: ransomnote

Guarantee that the hospital financial people do .... guaranteed big bucks from the Feds for flu ...insurance or nothing for anything else.


13 posted on 06/30/2020 5:39:19 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet
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To: RetiredTexasVet

30 Jun: Arizona Republic: Arizona coronavirus update: Big number of new cases because of reporting delay
by Rachel Leingang
The department reported 4,682 new cases on Tuesday, bringing total cases to 79,215. There were 44 new deaths reported Tuesday...
Sonora Quest, a major test processor, said Monday it had a technical glitch reporting numbers on Sunday because of an increased number of test results. The lab reported 2,454 additional cases, which would bring the state’s Monday total to 3,079. Those cases will be added to the state’s data dashboard on Tuesday morning.
Tuesday’s dashboard shows 85% of current inpatient beds and 86% of ICU beds were in use for COVID-19 and other patients...

Hospital discharge numbers over the past five days have hovered around their highest levels since the state began reporting the data in early April. There were 232 people with COVID-19 discharged on Monday. There were between 250 and 270 suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals daily from Thursday to Sunday, although total hospital numbers are much higher now...

While increased testing over the past month has contributed to an increase in numbers, it is only one factor resulting in the big increase in case numbers. The percentage of tests coming back positive has spiked sharply since mid-May, when Ducey’s stay-at-home order expired, indicating a significant increase in community spread.
During the past three weeks, cases increased by 169% and tests increased by just 77%. Last week, 20% of tests were positive...
While increased testing over the past month has contributed to an increase in numbers, it is only one factor resulting in the big increase in case numbers. The percentage of tests coming back positive has spiked sharply since mid-May, when Ducey’s stay-at-home order expired, indicating a significant increase in community spread.

During the past three weeks, cases increased by 169% and tests increased by just 77%. Last week, 20% of tests were positive.
Here’s what you need to know about Tuesday’s new numbers...
•County cases: 48,592 in Maricopa...
•Maricopa County public health officials said last Wednesday that more than one-third of all their cases had been reported just in the last week...
•People aged 65 and older made up 1,209 of the 1,632 deaths, or 74%...

•Ventilator use for suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients was at 455 on Monday. Overall, 55% of ventilators remained available Monday...

Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Arizona. Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House coronavirus task force will visit Phoenix on Wednesday and meet with Ducey and health care teams to discuss the unfolding COVID-19 crisis...

Key figures to watch
The percentage of positive tests is increasing. This is the opposite direction from White House reopening criteria. The percentage of positive tests out of all tests per week increased to 20% last week. That figure was 12% a month ago, up to 14% three weeks ago, to 19% two weeks ago. When the state decided to reopen on May 16, that number had been trending down, but it has been increasing ever since...
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-health/2020/06/30/arizona-coronavirus-update-tuesday-numbers-reflect-reporting-delay/3283126001/

30mins to 35m10s: Tim Franks, BBC Newshour: Fauci: 40,000 to 100,000 per day. Arizona spiking. Paul Romer (ex-World Bank): test everyone. China: Wuhan tested 10 million people. BBC: testing is only a snapshot. Romer: test everyone in a town every week. compulsion not required. BBC: really? people won’t wear face masks.

20 Jun: BBC Newshour: Presenter Tim Franks
Also in the programme: We hear from a Nobel laureate economist (PAUL ROMER, EX WORLD BANK) who thinks it’s time to turbo-charge testing for Covid-19...
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w172x2yr6nzl644


14 posted on 06/30/2020 5:54:41 PM PDT by MAGAthon (h)
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“It didn’t make sense to the physicians I watched talking about it. Other diagnoses do not over rule a broken leg, until Covid-19 came along. It’s not more urgent medically, particularly if the person is asymptomatic.”

We haven’t had a pandemic for a century, so it’s likely the doctors haven’t seen anything like it in their lifetime. If Ebola had become pandemic, they would also have seen things they hadn’t before.

If the docs had been around in the 50s, a lot of things would be “deja vu all over again”:
“Many doctors resented the amount of fuss made about polio, and complained that all of this exaggerated fear diverted attention from more serious health threats. The majority of people who had polio never even knew it. Of those who were diagnosed, most recovered with little or no disability. In 1952, the worst epidemic year, three thousand people died from polio, while in 1950, thirty-four thousand died of tuberculosis. In 1957, 62,000 people died from influenza during a notorious epidemic. Although by this time a cure for polio had been discovered, the chances of contracting and dying from influenza were much greater than the chances of contracting and dying from polio even in years prior to this epidemic.”

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15 posted on 06/30/2020 5:55:03 PM PDT by LouieFisk
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They’ve broadened the definition of what they call “symptoms” to include things like runny nose, etc. These are now called “probable” cases. In addition, if you’ve been exposed to anyone w CV and still test negative, you’re still “probable”


16 posted on 06/30/2020 6:46:59 PM PDT by Chauncey Gardiner
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We haven’t had a pandemic for a century, so it’s likely the doctors haven’t seen anything like it in their lifetime.
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The video I watched included doctors discussing how Covid-19 is treated differently from all other infectious diseases. They noted, as immunologists, that quarantining healthy people is damaging to health because our immune systems require contact with pathogens to keep our immunity fine tuned and functioning. They seemed disgusted by the Covid-19 isolation of the HEALTHY.
They commented on the bizarre classification of a COPD patient as Covid-19 or classifying persons with a diagnosis of Covid as that person being hospitalized or dying FROM Covid-19. Medicine normally does not function like that.

It’s not that Covid-19 is different from other contagions, it’s that it’s politicized beyond belief to hamstring the economy of an entire nation for no reason.


17 posted on 06/30/2020 7:10:37 PM PDT by ransomnote (IN GOD WE TRUST)
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To: A strike
The scamdemic will end on Nov 4, 2020

No doubt !!

18 posted on 06/30/2020 7:35:06 PM PDT by timestax
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To: timestax
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19 posted on 06/30/2020 7:40:03 PM PDT by timestax
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The TDHS must have county by county data. Why are they not releasing it, hmmm????


20 posted on 06/30/2020 7:44:27 PM PDT by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, and you should never wish to do less.)
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