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CDC, Florida at odds over COVID-19 numbers

A nurse prepares to enter a COVID-19 patient’s room at UF Health in Jacksonville, Fla. Associated Press/Photo by Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union

CDC, Florida at odds over COVID-19 numbers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Florida had an unprecedented 28,317 new coronavirus cases on Sunday. Several media outlets picked up the story and reported the data, which was incorrect. The state health department in a tweet asked the CDC to correct a counting error that compiled a weekend’s worth of data into one day. Since then, the CDC website lowered Sunday’s cases to 19,584, but that number is still at least 4,000 more than what the state reported for that day. The CDC has not indicated why the discrepancy exists or whether it plans to correct the numbers again.

How is Florida handling COVID-19? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that 47 percent of the state’s ICU beds are filled with coronavirus patients. The national government is sending 200 ventilators to Florida hospitals struggling with the surge in cases. The CDC lists every county as “high transmission” for community spread. Nearly 50 percent of eligible Floridians are fully vaccinated, according to state data.

Dig deeper: Read Lauren Dunn and Esther Eaton’s report in Schooled about how Florida and other states are responding to school mask mandates.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.



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As I understand it, each day a COVID person is in the hospital counts as 1 COVID infection.
1 COVID person + 3 days in hospital = 3 COVIDS (and so on)
They MUST keep the COVID count up until at least the next election. Got agenda?

not silentnews2me

Respectfully, NEWS2ME, media personalities and average people making comments online can offer opinions if they like (i.e.. free speech) without worrying about legal action or losing a professional license, but reporting about infectious diseases by healthcare professionals is regulated by law. Mistakes may happen due to human error and technology glitches, but healthcare professionals who DELIBERATELY fudge data or report false data could be subject to prosecution and lose their license.

I am in healthcare, and on rare occasions I had a patient ask me to "fudge" something in their records. It always really frustrated me because, not only was it ethically wrong, I could have lost my license.

Tim Millernews2me

Here's a clever way to defeat that game ... get vaccinated and/or wear a mask so they can't keep the COVID count up! I'll join you! Together, we can own the libs!

news2meTim Miller