Yamhill commissioner Mary Starrett ignores groundbreaking COVID-19 deaths, refuses to admit inaccurate conclusion


Mary Starrett does not hide her public comments when she has an unpopular or controversial opinion. It usually doubles.

Earlier this month, the Yamhill County Commissioner reviewed COVID-19 data released by the Oregon Health Authority. After doing some math, she came to a conclusion, which she shared on Facebook and said she sent a letter to agency director Patrick Allen. His big takeaway from a post shared nearly 800 times:

“It’s reasonable to say that from July 1 to August 29 in the state of Oregon, 138 of the 292 deaths attributed to COVID were among those fully vaccinated. This equates to 47.3% of all COVID deaths in Oregon were due to vaccine failure during the month of August. “

These are scary numbers that suggest COVID-19 vaccines don’t work very well. But the national health agency says they’re off-base.

Starrett’s message “is not accurate, and to a large extent,” the state health agency told The Oregonian / OregonLive. Starrett, who is in his second term as Yamhill County Commissioner, has had two deaths on two separate occasions.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 70 COVID-19 deaths from fully vaccinated Oregonians in August – or 22% of the 321 known COVID-19 deaths in Oregon for the month.

This percentage isn’t as scary as Starrett claims, but it’s still quite surprising.

In 2006, Mary Starrett was the Constitution Party candidate in the race for governor of Oregon.LC- THE OREGONIAN

The health agency has no explanation for the dramatic increase in the number of deaths reported in August in so-called revolutionary cases in Oregon, although state data shows more than 80% of they concerned people aged 70 or over.

The health agency points out that, even with the arrival of the highly contagious delta variant of the virus, vaccines continued to be “very effective in preventing severe COVID-19 disease and subsequent hospitalizations as well as deaths.” . We also know that the vast majority of COVID-19 cases hospitalized in Oregon are unvaccinated individuals. “

The most recent COVID-19 report released by the OHA indicates that only 0.9% of all known breakthrough cases in Oregon have resulted in death.

Starrett’s inaccurate Facebook comments about the revolutionary deaths stem from a flawed assumption she made.

Starrett counted the groundbreaking deaths the state had previously disclosed, then added the deaths from another state report related to long-term care facilities, noting “It’s a virtual guarantee that everyone has been vaccinated “.

“If the OHA does not include fully vaccinated people” in long-term care in its groundbreaking report, she wrote, then the share of deaths from groundbreaking cases is actually higher.

It was a big “if”.

In all fairness, Starrett at one point in his post was somewhat equivocal, writing: “Up to 47.3% of COVID deaths in August in Oregon (at least 24.3%) were due to vaccine breakthrough (vaccine failure). “

But she later determined it was “reasonable to say” that nearly half of the deaths were in fully vaccinated Oregonians.

The point is, the state has already included these long-term deaths in its revolutionary analysis.

1993 Mary Starrett Press Photo

Mary Starrett, shown here in 1993, had a long career as a local television personality before entering politics.Oregonian

“Because the OHA’s Progress Report already includes groundbreaking deaths in long-term care facilities, it would be inaccurate for anyone to add this number to the total number of deaths listed in the report and would be double counting Spokesman Rudy Owens said in response to questions from The Oregonian / OregonLive.

Starrett, a former KATU “AM Northwest” co-host and longtime abortion advocate, has been a vocal critic of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, as well as an opponent of mask-wearing guidelines intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

She told retired ER doctor Dan Dale that she was “not a fan of the vax,” Dale reported in an opinion piece published in January in the McMinnville News-Register. Dale said she also told him that the masks were “not helpful and could actually hurt”.

The United States began early and aggressively to provide COVID-19 vaccines. But, in the face of widespread fears and misinformation on the subject, its immunization coverage is now lagging behind a wide range of countries. Federal data shows that about 63% of Americans are at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, not enough to derail the circulation of the virus. The vaccination rate in Oregon is nearly 66%.

Oregon has recorded more than 3,500 official COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the pandemic. The death toll from the disease in the United States is now over 665,000.

Starrett does not reverse his findings on the share of deaths from groundbreaking infections in Oregon, even with the OHA’s response to his Facebook post.

“The data speaks for itself,” she said in an email to The Oregonian / OregonLive, adding, “I have shown my work and the conclusion is clear.

–Douglas Perry

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