CDC Recalculates Florida Data. Move Shows Why Florida Needs To Resume Daily Reports.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A quick note to our readers on numbers representing infections and deaths in Florida.
The Centers for Disease control on Tuesday updated — or recalculated — all numbers seemingly going back to February/March of 2020, just as the pandemic was starting.
We note no dramatic change in totals. There are still more than 40,000 COVID-19 deaths in Florida. The record setting spike over the past weekend is no longer a record-setting spike, but the numbers are still huge. The recalculation reassigned the days the cases were logged, but not the total. Florida has still logged more than 2.78 Million COVID-19 cases since counting began.
As other media is today reporting and suggesting, the recalculation shows why it is imperative that the State of Florida — and not just the CDC — release public data. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis blocked state agencies from their practice of reporting daily statistics as the summer began. Gone are the daily local hospital updates, and data released directly from the Florida Department of Health. That data provided a true local representation of the COVID-19 situation.
All data now comes from the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Health and Human Services. While their information is generated from local agency reporting, it adds a level of complexity that is unnecessary, and increases the reliance on local sources instead of official, locally vetted data.
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