White House Is About to Rig How COVID Numbers Are Reported

White House Is About to Rig How COVID Numbers Are Reported

(TheRedWire.com) – The Biden Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is working to recalculate COVID-19 hospitalization numbers, according to official sources working closely on the matter.

According to two senior officials, Scientists and data specialists are teaming up to work with hospitals across the country to report the number of patients admitted to hospitals because of COVID-19 and separate those who admit for other reasons but test positive after admission.

Administration officials say the goal is to obtain a more accurate picture of the impact COVID-19 is having across the country to evaluate whether to ease mitigation protocols. Currently, health officials rely on the data hospitals report rather than case counts to determine the effectiveness of vaccines and to know what response measures to take against the virus.

For instance, one recent CDC report claimed about 80 percent of patients admitted to a hospital in California tested positive for COVID-19 while approximately 20 percent had no COVID-19-related conditions. According to one senior official, as Omicron spread throughout the US, hospitals saw a rise in the number of patients admitted for reasons other than COVID-19 but tested positive during the admissions process, skewing the reported hospitalization rates.

Some state and local government leaders across the nation, like New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Delaware Gov. John Carney, advocated for the country to begin a path back to normalcy as Omicron cases rapidly decline. Both say they plan on lifting mask mandates at schools starting in March.

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