Two Minnesota state lawmakers appeared on “Fox & Friends” to talk about their concerns regarding COVID-19 death certificates and called for an audit of death certificates at the state and national levels.
Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, and Sen. Scott Jensen, R-Chaska, recently released a video explaining their strong concerns about COVID-19 death claims after reviewing 2,800 death certificates obtained from the Minnesota Department of Health. 800 of those counted as COVID-19 did not have coronavirus cited as the underlying cause of death.
Franson, along with Dr. Jensen, who is a practicing physician, reprocessed the death files that were brought to Franson’s attention by concerned citizens. The death files are part of the MDH’s public records and are available to anyone who requests them.
“We isolated the cases where COVID-19 is the underlying cause of death, as well as the deaths where COVID-19 is mentioned but not listed as the underlying cause of death. And through this process we found clear cut examples … of suicides, a drowning, an auto accident where the passenger was ejected from the vehicle. We found dementia,” Franson said. “They are dying of dementia but also being classified as a COVID death.” They also found strokes as the cause of death on some COVID death certificates.
When asked who is directing that the deaths be counted in such a “corrupting” manner, Dr. Jensen responded: “If you go back to April of this past year, you’ll see that the Department of Health and the CDC were both putting out advice and instructions to go ahead and use COVID-19 in a more casual manner than we’ve used before.”
He said it was as if the 17-year-old format the medical community had used before was no longer correct. Identifying “the initiating event and the sequence causation was changed if it involved COVID-19. That’s where it started.”
Jensen said using COVID-19 as one of the diagnoses in the “cause of death sequence” was highly encouraged. He explained, “The most important diagnosis on a death certificate is the underlying cause of death … That’s the one that gets tabulated as a part of our federal registrar. When we say that 650,000 Americans died of heart disease in the last year, we’re looking at where this diagnosis [was] placed on the death certificate, and it would have been the underlying cause of death.”
Dr. Jensen pointed to the question of “following the money.”
“If you could hit a threshold of 161 admissions to your hospital with COVID diagnoses between January and June, you received $77,000 of additional money for each one of those admissions,” he said.
When asked if this kind of miscounting is happening around the country, Franson noted that the death rate in Florida is possibly inflated by 10%. In Colorado, at least two cases of gunshot victims have been reported as COVID deaths.
“That is why we are calling for a full audit. President Trump, if you are watching Fox and Friends this morning, I am asking you to request a full audit of every single state in the nation,” Franson declared. “Because Minnesota is not an anomaly. The citizens of our country are being led in fear, and that fear is leading them to make irrational decisions based on the governors with their shutdowns … We need this audit, we need the truth, and the public deserves the truth.”