Senator Michael Doherty said Governor Phil Murphy still refuses to answer legitimate questions about COVID-19 testing even as concerns linger that overly sensitive PCR tests are driving bad policy decisions, including the re-masking of K-12 school students.
Sen. Michael Doherty said Gov. Phil Murphy still refuses to answer legitimate questions about COVID-19 testing even as concerns linger that overly sensitive PCR tests are driving bad policy decisions, including the re-masking of K-12 school students. (Pixabay)
“Governor Murphy still won’t respond to serious concerns about COVID testing procedures even as he uses the potentially flawed results to justify major policy decisions on masks and vaccines that limit our freedoms,” said Doherty (R-23). “If he has nothing to hide, why won’t he answer the most basic questions about PCR testing that we’ve been asking since last year?”
Doherty questioned if the Murphy administration is allowing PCR tests for COVID-19 with a high cycle threshold (Ct) to be counted, despite evidence that many individuals who test positive at higher Ct levels are asymptomatic, no longer sick, or past the point of being contagious.
Last year, the New York Times highlighted how many states failed to set reasonable limits on the number of amplification cycles performed on COVID-19 test samples, leading to high numbers of positive cases that pose little if any risk to the public.
Doherty and Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) sent letters in December to the New Jersey Department of Health requesting details on New Jersey’s testing procedures and asking for test results to include a cycle count, which may indicate the level of risk, if any, posed by a person with a positive test result.
Neither Doherty’s letter nor Pennacchio’s letter received a response from the Murphy administration, as they later noted.
“People deserve to know if Governor Murphy is basing his latest round of executive orders on overly sensitive tests that produce an extremely high rate of false positives,” added Doherty. “Since he refuses to answer our questions, we must assume that’s exactly what he’s doing. If we’re wrong, show us why.”
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