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Florida man in his 20s is listed among coronavirus deaths: Health official reveals he died in motorcycle crash

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An Orange County, Florida health officer just admitted that a man in his 20s who was listed among the state’s coronavirus deaths actually died in a motorcycle crash.

Reporters with WOFL-TV discovered that two people in their 20s were listed among COVID-19 deaths in the state, so they asked Orange County Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino if either one of them had underlying conditions. That’s when things took an interesting turn.

“The first one didn’t have any. He died in a motorcycle accident,” Pino replied.

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Reporters then asked if the man’s data was removed, to which Pino responded:

“I don’t think so. I have to double-check. We were arguing, we were discussing, and trying to argue with the state. Not because of the numbers— I mean, it’s a hundred; it [doesn’t] make any difference if it’s 99. But…the fact that the individual…didn’t die from COVID-19, died in [the] crash. But you can actually argue that it could have been the COVID-19 that caused him to crash. So I don’t know the conclusion of that one.”

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The news station said that despite this, the man is still listed among Orange County’s list of coronavirus deaths. It added that the Florida Department of Health responded to their report by clarifying that a “COVID death” is determined if “COVID-19 is listed as the immediate or underlying cause of death, or listed as one of the significant conditions contributing to death. Or, if there is a confirmed COVID-19 infection from a lab test — and the cause of death doesn’t meet exclusion criteria — like trauma, suicide, homicide, overdose, motor-vehicle accident, etc.”

Pino went on to say “the only thing I can offer people is the data I provide you with is the data we consume from the state, and we offer you…the best data that we have.”

This comes after we reported that this same news station had discovered that various Florida counties had been greatly exaggerating the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

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