Maryland DOH Alters Data to Hide Health Care Crisis Caused by State Health Worker Vaccine Mandate
By Matthew McBride, MPH, MSHI - Health Care Policy Expert
November 17, 2021
The Maryland Department of Health (DOH) altered data on of the coronavirus.maryland.gov page in what can only be an attempt to hide how Maryland's health care system has been collapsing under the weight of the State’s health care worker vaccine mandates.
This is the State of Maryland’s hospital occupancy from Sunday, 9-26. We will be focusing on the area circled in red on the right side of the chart.
The significance of the blue area and the red line need to be explained first. The blue represents the total number of patients in Maryland hospitals. The red line denotes 85% percent of the total 100% of the state’s available hospital beds.
First, the layman's explanation:
When the blue area extends above the red line, patients are beginning to enter the hospital faster than they can be treated. This results in it taking longer for patients to be seen (“delays in care”). Likewise, it becomes less likely you can be treated in a timely manner if you are injured and have to go to the hospital, and more likely your injury will lead to death or become permanent.
Now the technical explanation:
That red line - the 85% occupancy level - is a direct indicator of how many health care staff are working: hospitals do not keep beds open if there are no nurses or doctors available to treat the patients in those beds. This is why the red line fluctuates - hospitals raise and lower the number of beds either based on:
1) the number of nurses and doctors available that day; or
2) the number of patients flooding the hospitals (which the charts show never actually happened during the entire pandemic, meaning none of the vaccine, distancing, or mask mandates were necessary).
Thus, in the 9-26 graph above, the blue area that has been consistently growing above the red line In July, August, and September shows that fewer nurses and doctors are available to treat Marylanders who enter the hospital. This directly due to the state’s health care worker vaccine mandates that are forcing thousands of health workers to quit and be fired for refusing the vaccine.
Additionally, in the 9-26 chart above it is clearly seen that the vaccine mandate has created a greater health care crisis than the actual COVID pandemic you see on the far-left side of the chart!
To put it simply, the state’s vaccine mandates are putting the lives of Marylanders at a risk far greater than COVID-19 ever did, and the state’s health leaders know this.
And the state’s health leaders know the vaccine mandate is causing more damage than COVID, because two days later they alter the date to hide the damage they are causing.
Below is the same chart from Tuesday, 9-28:
Comparing the right side of the 9-26 and 9-28 charts side by side, you can see that the red line in the 9-28 chart now conveniently covers the exposed blue area of the 9-26 graph!
The entire red line showing the state’s 85% hospital occupancy level has been lifted upwards by the Maryland Department of Health by 4% to cover the exposed blue area of the 9-26 graph.
By placing the red 85% occupancy line above the blue area, an attempt is being made to show the Maryland’s health care system is not being destroyed by the state’s vaccine mandates.
As additional evidence, the following screenshots on the left were taken August 10, 2021. On the right are screenshots taken October 8, 2021.
It is irrefutable that the Maryland Department of Health has retroactively altered hospital occupancy data upwards by 4% to cover the increasing impact of vaccine mandates.
Maryland’s vaccine mandate has plunged the state into a health care crisis that is actually worse than the crisis caused by COVID-19 itself. This crisis so bad that the Maryland DOH has resorted to data fraud to hide the impact of the mandates.