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    Deaths incorrectly attributed to COVID-19 in Palm Beach County medical examiner reports

    A 60-year-old man who died from a gun shot wound to the head. A 90-year-old man who fell and died from complications of a hip fracture. A 77-year-old woman who died of Parkinson's disease. These are some of the deaths in Palm Beach County recently, and incorrectly, attributed to COVID-19 in medical examiner records. The CBS12 News I-Team uncovered several examples in Medical Examiner reports of people counted as a COVID death who did not die of COVID.

    H/T: WPEC/CBS12

    "I think the public, when they see the fatality figures, they want to know who died because they caught COVID," said DeSantis. "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."

    More from the report:

    The I-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.

    "I think it is completely misleading," said Rachel Eade, a Palm Beach County resident who has been researching the same issue.

    "We need to remove those cases that are not COVID exclusive, and we need to be giving people that information," said Eade, who is one of the plaintiffs suing Palm Beach County for its mask mandate.

    She said of the 581 deaths on the spreadsheet, only 169 deaths are listed as COVID without any contributing factors.

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