In the early days of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the idea was floated by a Senator from Minnesota, named Scott Jensen, that because of the wording involved in the structure of the CARES act, it could be potentially more beneficial for Hospitals and health agencies to list the cause of death for many patients to be from COVID-19, as they could potentially receive considerably more money if a patient dies from coronavirus than if they died from something else, such as a cold. On April 20th, 2020, he posted a video to his Facebook and Twitter about how the process works (shown below).
What have I been talking about…
— Scott Jensen (@drscottjensen) April 20, 2020
On July 16th, 2020, it was revealed that in Orlando’s recent death figures for COVID-19 related deaths, which were being strictly monitored as part of a phased re-opening plan for Disney World to be allowed to open up again, showed that someone who had died as part of a motorcycle accident was counted as a COVID-19 death. The news report on this incident included audio from the health official, who claimed that it is a possibility that the COVID-19 caused the accident, so it might not be taken off the death count. The video of the news report was uploaded to YouTube by the account KonaSilat on July 17th, 2020, where it gained 4,000 views in one year (shown below).