Nurse Goes Viral Claiming Dying Patients Deny COVID Reality. Her Colleagues Aren’t So Sure

An emergency room door in Aberdeen, South Dakota on October 26, 2020. (Bing Guan / Reuters)

A South Dakota A nurse gained national attention this week for a tweet claiming that some of her dying coronavirus patients refuse to admit the virus is real.

Jodi Doering, a traveling nurse who lives in a small town in eastern South Dakota, had a Saturday night off and was at home eating ice cream on her couch when she posted a thread Twitter in which she said she couldn’t stop thinking about COVID -19 patients “who still don’t believe the virus is real. Those who are screaming at you for some magic drug and that Joe Biden is going to ruin the United States.

She wrote that “breathless” patients on a respiratory support system “tell you there must be some other reason they’re sick. . . because they don’t have COVID because it’s not real. “

“Yes. It really does happen,” wrote Doering, who often tweets about the dangers of the virus, in addition to tweeting his support for left-wing causes such as the Black Lives Matter movement. Doering is also a regular Twitter critic of the governor. Republican of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, and President Donald Trump, whom she called a “jack hole” and “f-stick.”

His tweet about denial of the coronavirus – and fear of a Joe Biden presidency grabbing his dying patients – was retweeted more than 71,000 times, and it led to an interview on CNN on Monday. New day morning program. On CNN, Doering said his tweet was not about just one person, but rather “the climax of so many people, and their dying final words are,” This can’t happen, it’s not real. “And when they should be spending time playing with their families, they are filled with anger and hate.

Tonight, The Washington Post published a story on Doering’s claims. USA today published his own side of the story Tuesday. Both cited Doering’s tweet and the CNN interview, but neither of the news agencies appear to have interviewed Doering. Neither outlet said they made the effort to contact Doering or otherwise confirm the story.

On Tuesday night, Doering tweeted that she had considered locking her Twitter account because of “you know, death threats and stuff.” Instead, she decided to “get in my 2007 Impala with 207,000 miles on it, throw some Foo Fighters, and go to work.”

“Stay safe. Wear a mask, ”she wrote. “And don’t be a Twitter Dick.”

National review was unable to reach Doering on the phone or on Twitter for comment or to get a feel for the extent of COVID denial among her patients, she says.

South Dakota is a reliable Republican state where Trump received around 62% of the vote earlier this month. More than three-quarters of Doering County voters voted for Trump.

There have been 644 deaths from COVID-19 in South Dakota, which currently has the highest positivity rate in the country. Noem has publicly questioned the effectiveness of masks in slowing the spread of the virus and has refused to institute a mask warrant as other states in the upper Midwest have.

Kim Rieger, a spokeswoman for Huron Regional Medical Center, one of the hospitals where Doering works, said that after Doering’s claims went viral, she conducted an informal poll of half a dozen other nurses working at the hospital to see if they had similar problems. experiences.

“No one else has received this statement from a particular patient,” Rieger said of the COVID denial. “They haven’t heard of it here either. Do not call her a liar, as she provides care here as well as in other hospitals, so it could have happened in another hospital.

Rieger said after reading Doering’s tweets, she felt horrible.

“I read these tweets, and I think it was at an end,” Rieger said. “It could have been a better conversation for her girlfriends than Twitter.”

Nathan Johnson, spokesperson for the Avera Health System, which operates several hospitals in the area, said he had not heard of any COVID denial cases in the system, although he acknowledged that they had not conducted a formal staff survey.

“Based on an informal conversation I had, a nurse in charge said she hadn’t heard anything like it happening,” Johnson said. “But this is not a commentary on what Jodi claims to have been through, as we have no idea about it.”

In his interview with CNN, Doering noted that not all of his COVID-positive patients deny the existence of the virus. Many are grateful for the care they receive, she said.

“Unfortunately that’s not what I remember right now,” she said.

She insisted on CNN that protecting people from COVID-19 was not political for her.

“It’s frustrating as a health care provider because the last thing we ask anyone when they seek care is how they voted or if they are Democrat or Republican,” she said. declared. “The last thing we think about is this. What we are thinking about is how can I help you? So whoever uses a chance to play politics makes any health care provider want to scream.

Ryan Mills is a reporter at National review. He previously worked for 14 years as a late-breaking reporter, investigative reporter and newspaper editor in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.

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