Perspective by Dan O’Donnell
It’s not just that Governor Evers is lying about why his Department of Health Services (DHS) undercounted COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes by nearly 1,000; it’s that he is so obviously and provably lying.
When asked this week why DHS officials quietly upped the number of nursing home deaths from 1,956 to 2,927, Evers rather perplexingly claimed that state investigators simply couldn’t figure out where thousands of COVID victims lived.
“Our local folks got lots of death certificates and death investigations that just had a street name on it,” he said. “How do we know that is a nursing home?”
This just isn’t true. If it were, then the State of Wisconsin hasn’t managed to find a home address for a staggering 37% of the people who died of COVID-19 over the past year. That’s either terrifying incompetence or, far more likely, sickening dishonesty.