CDC to Correct Inaccurate Covid Case Count in Florida

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its Covid-19 numbers for Florida after the state’s health officials accused the CDC of combining three days of new cases into one. The difference was substantial, with the CDC claiming 28,317 new cases on Sunday, August 8, and the Florida Department of Health claiming 15,319. The CDC revised their figure to 19,584 on Tuesday, August 10.

The New York Post reported that a barrage of negative news was directed at Florida and Governor Ron DeSantis following the first release of the CDC data, prompting the Florida Department of Health to turn to Twitter to denounce the inaccuracy stating, “This is not accurate.

Florida follows CDC guidelines reporting cases Monday through Friday, other than holidays. Consequently, each Monday or Tuesday, there will be two or three days of data reported at a time. When data is published, it is attributed evenly to the previous days.”

The Florida Department of Health corrected reports from several news sources, including Spectrum News 13 and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. They also tweeted the correct numbers for the state. The CDC claimed to several news outlets that they were working with Florida officials to correct the mistakes.

The inaccurate reporting from the CDC comes after Florida held a highly publicized music festival and mild back and forth between President Joe Biden and Governor Ron Desantis regarding mask mandates, lockdowns, and the border crisis.

Biden took aim at Desantis, saying, “If some governors aren’t willing to do the right thing to beat this pandemic, then they should allow businesses and universities who want to do the right thing to be able to do it. I say to these governors, ‘Please, help.’ But if you aren’t going to help, at least get out of the way of the people who are trying to do the right thing. Use your power to save lives.”

Desantis fired back, claiming Biden “imported more virus from around the world by having a wide-open southern border.” He went on to say, “why don’t you get this border secure, and until you do that, I don’t want to hear a blip about Covid from you.”

Florida has long been the target of mainstream media personalities unhappy with Governor Desantis’ less than authoritarian approach to dealing with the pandemic.

CNN’s Jim Acosta recently suggested naming new Covid-19 variants after politicians that refuse to lock down their states and impose overreaching mandates. He stated “Perhaps it’s time to start naming these new variants that may be coming out after them,” Acosta said, referring to the GOP politicians. “Instead of the delta variant, why not call it the DeSantis variant?” Acosta referenced Desantis’ recent campaign merchandise and said he could use the money to pay for funerals of Covid-19 victims.

 

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