A girl’s death raises questions of government

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Twelve-year-old Haley Pollman died of a rare genetic disorder called Batten disease on January 25, but tested positive while at a hospital and was marked as a COVID death by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

“COVID was never discussed with her doctors as far as how to treat or what we would expect for her end of life,” Haley’s mother said. “I am very unsettled by how OHA tracks these statistics.”

According to a reporter with the Statesman Journal in Salem, “Oregon is using significantly broader standards than many other states to decide who counts as a COVID-19 death. And nearly every state in the nation seems to be counting deaths using different criteria.”


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