MN01 Hagedorn Still Downplays Coronavirus … Citing Questionable Statistics

In his irregular issuance of The Hagedorn Report, the November 13th issue addresses only two subjects : 1.) Recognizing Veterans (gosh, could you imagine an elected official not doing that ?); and 2.) Bashing Governor Tim Walz over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Trust me, Governor Walz is ready to go after hospitals, small businesses, schools (and sports), and churches all over again. His track record is miserable and the data he uses to justify decisions are consistently overly pessimistic and grossly inaccurate.”

According to Congressman Hagedorn, “Coronavirus can absolutely be a serious ailment, but most have a 99.9 percent chance of full recovery.” Gosh, if only that was true … because of the 20 counties that are exclusive within Minnesota’s First District (Hagedorn shares some counties with Angie Craig), SEVENTEEN do not reach that 99.9% mark. The comment that someone can have a “full recovery” does not address that the virus can damage the lungs, heart and brain, which increases the risk of long-term health problems. The Mayo Clinic warns of the increase the risk of heart failure; resulting scar tissue can lead to long-term breathing problems; may also increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease; and, long-lasting problems with the liver and kidneys. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-long-term-effects/art-20490351#:~:text=The%20most%20common%20signs%20and,%2Dterm%20health%20problems.

Congressman Hagedorn protests that “the data he [ Governor Walz ] uses to justify decisions are consistently overly pessimistic and grossly inaccurate.” Hmmm … but the Walz-Flanagan Administration used guidance from the White House, which “found that 18-35 year olds make up a disproportionate number of cases and that over 70% of outbreaks from the last 6 months have a direct link back to weddings, private social gatherings, and late nights at bars and restaurants.” Hence, the latest Minnesota restrictions require that bars and restaurants must end dine-in service at 10pm … the same is true for wedding receptions.

The assertion that Governor Walz will be going after hospitals is curious since his efforts are a reaction to more Minnesotans getting sick, and concern that hospitals’ ability to provide care when there limited hospital beds.

Instead of focusing on what the Trump Administration warns about, Congressman Hagedorn wants us to “remember, roughly 70 percent of Minnesotans who have died from or with coronavirus are people in long-term care facilities. Pathetically, Minnesota leads the nation in this statistic.” Is that true ? Well, according to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) system COVID-19 Long Term Care Facility Module, Minnesota is far from “leading the nation” … as their analysis ranks Minnesota 32nd (based on Resident Average Deaths per 1,000 Residents.) Congressman Hagedorn likes to compare southern Minnesota to South Dakota … well, South Dakota is 25th on the list, and Minnesota has a better ranking than another state, the First District borders — Iowa. https://data.cms.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-Nursing-Home-Data/bkwz-xpvg/

Congressman Hagedorn writes “This is what socialism looks like” warning that these limitations “are causing all sorts of medical, economic, psychological and addiction problems that are not fully factored in by governors, like Walz” … hmmm … those must be governors, like Mike DeWine, Republican Governor of Ohio, who this week issued orders regarding social gatherings and mask wearing which are more restrictive than Minnesota https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/resources/news-releases-news-you-can-use/covid-19-update-11-11-20 and Gary Herbert, Republican Governor of Utah, who just issued a statewide mask mandate plus restrictions on social gathering https://governor.utah.gov/2020/11/09/governor-declares-new-state-of-emergency-to-address-hospital-overcrowding-case-surge/

Congressman Hagedorn insists that Governor Walz’s “unilaterally extending his emergency powers and imposing further harmful restrictions on Minnesota small businesses” yet MNGOP Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, told MPR News early Thursday that a Senate vote to rescind Walz’s emergency powers declaration was not necessary.

For any of us who hoped with the election now over, that Jim Hagedorn would sway away from Trump insanity … well, that ain’t gonna happen. Jim Hagedorn rants are here for another two years.