Hospital ICU Capacity – MN & National
How many people died from Covid-19?
Covid 19 deaths are off by 40%; Minnesota senator Dr. Scott Jensen and Representative Mary Franson call for an audit of death certificates in a video released late December 2020.
After reviewing thousands of death certificates in the state, obtained from MN Department of Health (anyone can request this), 40% did not have COVID-19 as the underlying cause of death, yet were reported as Covid-19 deaths. Examples of this include death from physical injuries, a drowning, dementia, stroke and multi-organ failure.
“For 17 years, the CDC document that guides us as physicians to do death certificates has stood, but this year, we were told, through the Department of Health and the CDC, that the rules were changing if COVID-19 was involved. …If it’s COVID-19, we’re told now it doesn’t matter if it was actually the diagnosis that caused death. If someone had it, they died of it,” Jensen said.
Dr. Jensen said that the CARES Act distributed $22-billion to hospitals through Health and Human Services that had a high number of Covid-19 positive inpatient admissions. HHS reported that $10-billion was awarded to 395 high-impact hospitals (161+ Covid-19 patients). For every patient treated at the hospitals with a Covid-19 diagnosis, they received between $50,000 and $76,975 payments. 395 hospitals received an average of $25-million, a powerful financial incentive to fraudulently misdiagnose everything as Covid.
Minnesota hospital system that received awards include Abbot Northwestern, Carris Health, District One Hospital, HCMC, Fairview chain (Southdale, St. Joseph, University), Maple Grove Hospital, Mayo, Methodist Mercy, North Memorial, Regions, Sanford Worthington, St. Cloud, St. Francis, and United Hospital. There were no small centers in this list. Medium-sized or small hospitals are therefore going to struggle in absence of these CARES funds.
Hospital administrators have told Dr. Scott Jensen that hospitals are indeed massaging the diagnoses in order that the hospital will have enough ‘cases’ to receive the CARES funds.
How many people died because doctors wouldn’t prescribe Hydroxychloroquine?
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How many people died from lockdowns or partial shutdowns?
- 1,750,000 ‘deaths of despair’
Economist Toby Rogers shows that this number https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/will-deaths-of-despair-outpace-deaths-from-coronavirus/…doesn’t include the ~4,000 imprisonments from every 1% unemployment increase, and ~3,000 of mental health hospitalizations and other from every 1%. Interview late April https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_gMT4_PDJI&feature=youtu.be&t=6442. Follow up article by Jeffrey Jaxen, investigative for The Highwire: https://thehighwire.com/unemployment-the-other-health-crisis/
- deaths from drug or alcohol overdose – (part of ‘deaths from despair’)
More than 81,230 people died from a drug overdose between June 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020, the CDC provisional data shows, which is up 18% over the same period the year prior, however the final number is expected to be higher. “This represents a worsening of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States and is the largest number of drug overdoses for a 12-month period ever recorded,” the CDC stated.
Mental health experts have been warning officials for months about the effects that lockdowns have on drug use and suicide rates. During a May 19 Cabinet meeting in the White House, Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz implored officials to consider the impact.
“To put all of this in perspective, I believe it is important to point out that, pre-pandemic, we lose 120,000 lives a year to drug overdose and suicide. How many more lives are we willing to sacrifice in the name of containing the virus?” said McCance-Katz, assistant secretary for mental health and substance abuse at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She’s also a psychiatrist and holds a doctorate in infectious disease epidemiology. …As a psychiatrist, I would argue that a life lost to suicide is just as important as a life lost to coronavirus,” McCance-Katz said. “I ask that you take into account whole health, not just one narrow aspect of physical health.”
Households – socio-economic impacts
Small Businesses Going Out of Business
Info may not be up-to-date:
- 25% closed since January 2020 as of 12/16/20 – Harvard tracker
- 85% of independent restaurants may go out of business by the end of 2020, according to the Independent Restaurant Coalition: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/85-of-independent-restaurants-could-permanently-close-in-2020-report-2020-6
- List of business in Minneapolis that have PERMANENTLY closed. This list may not be complete. https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-lifestyle/burger-jones-in-minneapolis-announces-permanent-closure, https://twincities.eater.com/2020/3/2/21152801/twin-cities-minneapolis-st-paul-restaurant-closed-2020
- List of businesses in Minnesota that have PERMANENTLY closed. On Dec. 28, the Star Tribune listed 94 restaurants in the Twin Cities that had permanently shuttered after a year of shutdowns and riots devastated the region. The list was far from comprehensive, but was still about triple the number reported in 2019.