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Florida’s Fact-Check Finds CDC Exaggerated State’s Sunday COVID Count by 12,998

Craig Bannister | August 11, 2021 | 11:46am EDT
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The CDC was forced to drastically reduce its reported number of Sunday COVID cases in Florida after the state’s health department called out the CDC on Twitter.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is misrepresenting Florida’s coronavirus case counts from this past weekend, according to the state’s Department of Health (DOH),” National Review reported on Tuesday.

What’s more, the CDC falsely claimed Sunday’s COVID count was a new record high, based on its original number:

“On Monday, the CDC announced that Florida had reported new 28,317 cases for Sunday, August 8 — a figure that would have set a new record in the Sunshine State. It also reported 28,316 new cases for the day prior, and 23,903 for last Friday.

“State officials dispute those numbers. On Monday night, the DOH’s official Twitter account stated that the number of newly recorded cases for all three days was substantially lower than what the CDC is claiming, coming in at 21,500 on Friday, 19,567 on Saturday, and 15,319 on Sunday.”

“Wrong again. The number of cases @CDCgov released for Florida today is incorrect. They combined MULTIPLE days into one. We anticipate CDC will correct the record,” the Florida Health Department (HealthFla) tweeted.

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The 28,317 Sunday cases originally claimed by the CDC is 12,998 higher than, and 184.5% of, the 15,319 new cases reported by Florida.

On Tuesday, CDC lowered its Sunday count for Florida by 8,733, from 28,317 to 19,584 – a number that’s still 4,265 higher than the number reported by the state’s health department. CDC’s new number is 69.2% of its original claim.

“Accurate data was provided to the CDC, but the incorrect number for Friday, Saturday and Sunday was displayed on the website,” Florida Deputy Secretary for Health Dr. Shamarial Roberson told National Review.

The Biden Administration is currently targeting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his administration for protecting citizens’ freedoms and opposing mask mandates amid the COVID pandemic, The Daily Wire reports:

“Though Florida has far exceeded other comparable states in battling Covid-19 and has maintained citizens’ freedoms, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has become a frequent target of the left-wing press and the White House.

“But DeSantis is not backing down.

“The Republican recently moved to ban schools from forcing children to wear masks and instead shifted the decision making to parents.”

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