FLORIDA HEALTH DEPARTMENT: NUMBERS SKEWED, LAB WITHHELD DATA

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STUNNING ADMISSION FROM HEALTH DEPARTMENT, BUT TRUE IMPACT ON DATA UNCLEAR

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Florida Department of Health is taking the rare step of calling out a South Florida lab, while admitting that data provided today — Wednesday — may be skewed.

From the Florida Dept. of Health:

“Today, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) received a backlog of testing data from Niznik Lab Corp in Miami, dating back to June 23. The lab reported more than 4,000 cases occurring over the past 7 weeks, which had not been reported to DOH until today. Therefore, this backlog severely skews today’s daily report for Miami-Dade County and is not reflective of current trends. Once DOH was informed of this testing data backlog, the agency immediately reached out to Niznik Lab and is investigating the matter, along with Miami-Dade County leadership.”


It is unclear if any samples from Palm Beach County were sent to the lab in question. It is also unclear if other labs are also holding data — “dumping” it when convenient or politically beneficial.


While this does NOT affect the death count which comes from Medical Examiners statewide, it potentially affects positivity rate and infection data.


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