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A top Kansas official is facing criticism after he was caught using a “doctored” chart to justify face mask mandates.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Lee Norman presented a coronavirus case chart to the media last week to contrast Kansas counties abiding by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s mask mandate and those that have not, The Sentinel reported.

Norman claimed that counties abiding by the mandate are “winning the battle,” suggesting that counties that have not followed the mandate are losing.

“All of the improvement in the case development comes from those counties wearing masks,” Norman said, The Sentinel reported.

However, Norman’s claim only appeared true because he manipulated his chart to create the illusion that counties following the mask mandate are successfully warding off coronavirus.

From the Washington Examiner:

Norman used an axis with a range of 15 to 25 to describe the number of new cases in masked counties and used a range of 4 to 14 to describe the number of new cases in counties without a mask mandate, making it appear as though counties without a mask mandate had more cases. When the two sets of data are placed on a chart with the same axis, counties without a mask mandate have fewer new cases per day than counties with a mask mandate.

As of last week, the vast majority of Kansas counties — 90 of the state’s 105 — rejected the governor’s face covering mandate because so few people in the state have contracted the virus.

Overall, fewer than 1% of Kansans have tested positive for COVID-19.

Kansas Republicans are now speaking out about the lack of transparency from the governor’s administration.

“Governor Kelly and her administration have failed Kansans time and again, but manipulating data to intentionally deceive the entire state is a new low,” Kansas House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins, a Republican, said, The Sentinel reported.

“Tens-of-thousands of Kansans have lost their jobs and businesses as a direct result of Governor Kelly’s politics-first response to the COVID pandemic, and these individuals struggling to make ends meet deserve to know the truth. It is reprehensible for a public servant like Dr. Norman that we trusted to protect our health and safety in a nonpartisan way to intentionally spread misinformation,” he continued. “The Kelly administration has lost all credibility.”

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6 Comments
  • Nathan M. says:

    Mask mandates are fascist and any elected official supporting them has no business holding public office.

  • Henry Fechner says:

    I hope the fine people of Kansas will remember this when they go to vote in November.

  • Matt says:

    Liars, huh?

  • mike dar says:

    Studies outside America show a mask that has a weave 3xs as large as a virus, doesn’t stop a virus, also a N95 doesn’t seal around eyes and face, also anyone with any experience, even just watching movies will tell you a “Class 3” containment is necessary to stop a virus. All those old enough to remember the mid 1960s remember the same thing happened with Hong Kong flu, same subsets were harmed except for youths, same numbers by percentage of population died… and no shutdown, no gloves, NO MASKS, no stopping schooling… AND NO GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZATION/REWARD system for “Discovery” of cases, no reward for hospitalization, no rewards for ventilator use.. all totaling 39,000 dollars… ON TOP OF INSURANCE payments.
    This has always been about power, politics and money… not about stopping a virus that cannot be stopped.
    ‘Hong Kong’; 65 million infected- 50% of the population…… 125,000 deaths.
    ‘Covid’; will have 1/2 the population, 200+ million infected/50%…250-300,000 deaths.
    I only wish people to understand this is normal, it is life, it is unavoidable, that life must go on, that people must refuse to be terrified by inevitability and live life to the fullest possible, not live life in terror to the only level government and commerce wishes you to live at.

    • Intellectual Impaler says:

      How come no one was required to wear Tyvek suits during AIDS? Exact H1n1 cases and deaths were not reported because Obama didn’t want it to reflect bad on him and had CDC stop reporting

  • Intellectual Impaler says:

    How many times has this chart been copied? I’m sure Gov Gredo and Dr Fauxi used the exact same one. Not to mention every Dem Governor.

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