Governor Tweets Misleading Report, Fails To Mention Massive Testing Cutback
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took to Twitter Monday to promote a dramatic drop in positive COVID-19 test results in Florida. He failed to mention that testing was scaled back dramatically as well.
By the numbers: Florida reported 2,760 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. There were 39,158 tests logged. On Saturday, 58,225 tests were logged with 3,882 positive results. On Friday, 96,165 tests were logged with 6,356 confirmed positives. When you cut testing, you have fewer positive results.
Ironically, despite the Governor proclaiming that all looks good, the positivity rate spiked based on Sunday’s tests. It’s now 8.25 percent. Florida reported 87 deaths on Sunday through 11:59 p.m.
Johns Hopkins University reports Florida’s 7-day rolling positivity average as 16.4 percent.
In Palm Beach County, 0 new deaths were reported on Sunday through 11:59 p.m. with 150 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Again, the number of tests conducted dropped dramatically — just 2000 tests were logged. The day before, 3200 tests were logged. Two days ago 3400 tests were logged. Three days ago, nearly 5000 tests were logged. The positivity rate in Palm Beach County is now 7.2 percent. The number has risen every day for three days.
In total, there are now 39,274 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Palm Beach County with 992 deaths. Statewide, at least 576,094 people have tested positive. The death count is 9,539 deaths.
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