State Rep. Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) announces House Bill 624, known as the Truth in COVID-19 Statistics bill, has passed in the Ohio House. The legislation seeks to gather more specifics on the figures being released by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) as it pertains to the coronavirus. Grendell spoke to the bill on the House floor today.
“When it comes to reporting to Ohioans important information about COVID-19, Ohioans are entitled to the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” said Grendell. “Unfortunately, that has not been the case the past three months. More Ohioans died in the first four months of 2018 than in 2020, even with COVID-19.”
Some concerns have been raised with the reporting of data concerning COVID-19 by the ODH as they have mostly focused on perpetuating the numbers on confirmed cases and hospitalizations. What has not been publicly reported is the other half of the story:
• The number of confirmed cases that did not require any medical care
- The number of patients who were treated and released from the hospital
- The number of individuals who tested negative
- The number of deaths that did not involve nursing home residents or prison inmates
- Number of individuals with contributing factors such as:
•High Blood Pressure
In relation to this bill, Grendell cited the recent report that indicated over 70 percent of Ohio COVID-19 deaths involved long-term care facilities. Additionally, Grendell has pointed out ODH continues to heavily report during press conferences the cumulative reported death count versus the actual daily COVID-19 death count.
“As Ohioans struggle to return to work and live their lives, they deserve to know all of the facts, so that they can make reasoned and informed decisions based on facts, not fear,” said Grendell. “As Abraham Lincoln had said - I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis.”
Receiving four committee hearings in State and Local Government, House Bill 624 received 24 testimonies in favor of the legislation with no opposition testimony submitted.
The bill now awaits further consideration by the Senate.