Appreciate the way you encourage skepticism. However, you wrote, " In the end, everything needs to be traced back to an authoritative, primary source." But there isn't such a source for Covid-19.
As you said, most cases are in certain parts of the country; 30-40% of deaths are associated with nursing homes; estimates of cases and death are not always based on testing; and people who die "with" the virus often are asigned to be "of" thee virus.
So it seems quite rational to be not a denier of Covid-19 but of the government's measures to deal with Covid-19. In 50 years we'll view this as a time of mass hysteria.