At the time of writing this article, the total Covid-19 cases in America is at 6.26 million. Leading the number of cases in the world, the presidential administration has come under strict criticism with its handling of the virus. But how accurate are those numbers? Well, one Tennessee man is questioning that himself after his mother was diagnosed with Covid-19. The problem – his mother died months ago.

Troy Whittington was shocked with he noticed a letter addressed to his mother from the Shelby County Health Department. The confusion only grew when the letter informed Sandra Whittington she tested positive for the virus in June and should isolate immediately. Mr. Whittington couldn’t explain the mishap since the same health department was the one to issue his mother’s death certificate.

For Sandra, the end of her life was not brought on by corona but from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. After a long fight, Sandra eventually moved to hospice care where the disease took her life in February. Her son, Troy, carried out her last wishes and had her body cremated. All of which took place before June.

Mr. Whittington told KGW-TV, “I’m just having a hard time understanding how they can say someone has COVID-19 when they are not even alive.” He went on to express doubt in how the health department is reporting numbers and believes statistics could be inaccurate.

While a spokesperson from the local health department reached out to the Whittington family to apologize, Troy expressed concern in the effectiveness of health workers. The letter received from the department reported his mother was tested in June, yet she wasn’t notified until two months afterward. For Mr. Whittington, this is where the real problem lies, “She needs to be quarantined for 10, well we’ve got 60 days from the time of the test to get the letter out to her, which is unacceptable.”

This story comes shortly after the CDC released new findings showing 94% of people who died with Covid-19 had contributing conditions that led to their deaths.

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This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on September 6, 2020. It originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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