A point of contention for the people and officials around coronavirus is how things were being framed in terms of how the virus affected people. For instance, a person dying while they had the Coronavirus was often said to be a virus-caused death whether or not it was a vehicle accident that killed that person or not.
In NY, Governor Kathy Hochul admitted that for hospitalization rates, they were playing with the figures in this same way. As it happens, hospitalizations because of COVID are being over-reported, but it serves the purposes of the NY Democrats.
As reported by WHEC-TV, Hochul essentially admitted that people who went to the hospital for something and were then tested for COVID and found positive were automatically being seen as a COVID hospitalization:
“Someone who was in a car accident when they go to the ER they test positive, they’re not being treated for coronavirus… Now someone’s condition might worsen while they are in the hospital, I’m not saying that will not happen but I have just been doing calls to some hospital leaders and I am seeing numbers from 20% to up to 50%. We don’t have clear information right now, that’s anecdotal,” the governor explained.
So, Governor. Hochul wants the real numbers.
“Starting tomorrow we will ask all hospitals to reveal how many people were hospitalized due to COVID, how many tested positive just while they were there for other things,” she said, “I believe that is important, I just need to be honest with New Yorker citizens about how bad it really is. Yes, the number of those infected is high but I would like to see if our hospitalizations correlate to this.”
It’s possible that NY no longer needs to inflate their numbers for the alarmism since Omicron is a lot more transmissible than past variants and the idea is that hospitalizations will increase naturally, but Omicron is much milder than its past iterations as well and according to past reports, we can expect hospitalizations to remain relatively low.
Author: Blake Ambrose