Can the Covid numbers from Salem be trusted?

There's been a lot not to like about the Oregon state government's response to Covid, but until recently you could say in their favor that at least they're reporting the numbers of cases accurately.

But now, no, it turns out they're falling down on that job, too. Last week we learned that 550 Covid deaths fell between the cracks of the bureaucrat statisticians over the summer, and now we hear that the case reporting system crashed for 27 hours last weekend. And so, we're told, yesterday's case counts, which were up fairly significantly, were inflated "as local public health authorities work through that backlog of cases."

No bueno.

Meanwhile, a Portlander posted this photo on Twitter yesterday. It's our governor, Killer Kate, and some other folks, apparently after finishing a meal of some kind. Not a face mask to be seen anywhere. 

"Our 6 year olds are still playing soccer in masks," complains the tweet. Well, I'm all in favor of masks, but I have to agree that if this photo is less than 18 months old, it's a bad look for the Guv.


  1. Crashes happen; that doesn't worry me. Losing track of 550 cases, that worries me.

  2. Can ANYTHING from Salem be trusted?

  3. There is way too much confidence in the PCR test to detect actual live SARS-COV2 virus. The amplification rate is way too high to be accurate.

    The RT-qPCR test amplifies converted RNA enough times allowing it to be detected. Mullis (inventor of the PCR method) was quite adamant that PCR-viral load tests do not detect free infectious viruses, but rather identify genetic sequences of viruses. Recently Bullard emphasized that conclusion by stating, “RT-PCR detects RNA, not infectious virus…”

    If we are truly going to "trust the science", then let's do that and stop pretending a case is an infected person.

    After December 2021, the CDC is removing Emergency Use Authorization for the PCR test because of its inaccuracy.


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