Ill. DPH Director: Even If A Patient Dies of 'Clear Alternate Cause', Testing Positive for COVID Makes It A COVID Death

Who knows what numbers are real, valid, underreported or overreported anymore? Different places have different criteria for their counts of not just cases of infected COVID-19 patients, but those who have supposedly died of the virus. Because of these differences, it's not out of the realm of possibility that we may never know the true scope of this novel coronavirus.

We do have one thing that was made very clear by an Illinois official - even if a patient dies of a "clear alternate cause," testing positive for COVID makes it count as a COVID death.

During the question and answer session of Sunday's Illinois COVID update press conference, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker threw a question concerning the recent death of a teenager in a Northwest suburb of Chicago over to Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. The doctor was unclear of the case the reporter asked about, but Ezike did go on to clarify what constitutes what their system counts as a "COVID death."
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