Ohio Health Departments Will Now Include People It Suspects Of Having Coronavirus In Official Count

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Health departments across the state of Ohio will now includes people it suspects of having coronavirus, but have not tested positive for the virus in its official count.

Dayton & Montgomery County will now count coronavirus patients who are experiencing symptoms, such as a cough or fever, arguing that it will give them a more accurate number of people suffering from the virus, according to WHIO TV. (RELATED: FLASHBACK: Jan.21: Fauci Says Coronavirus Not A Major Threat To U.S.)

Over 5,000 people in the state of Ohio have tested positive for the virus, with over 200 dead. Nearly half a million Americans have tested positive for the virus, with nearly 17,000 deaths across the country, according to a running tracker from the New York Times.

However, concerns over the accuracy of the count have emerged after top White House coronavirus adviser, Dr. Deborah Birx said during a press conference earlier this week that the government was counting patients who died with the virus in its official death toll, even if the patient did not die as a direct result of the virus. (RELATED: People Are Starting To Question The Accuracy Of The White House’s Coronavirus Model)

“We’ve taken a very liberal approach to mortality,” Birx said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci later dismissed concerns of over counting as a “conspiracy theory.”