As many conservatives have speculated has been happening all over the U.S. for a year-and-a-half, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was called out for over-reporting COVID-19 case numbers.
In this instance, the drastically inflated numbers affected one particular state that the media and Democrats see as the enemy of their COVID agenda: Florida.
After the Florida Department of Health pushed back on the CDC website reporting which showed record-high case numbers for Sunday, Aug. 8, the agency corrected the discrepancy to reflect a much lower number.
The CDC originally claimed there were 28,317 new coronavirus cases that day, while Florida’s DOH reports that the true number was 15,319 new cases.
Florida’s Health Department tweeted the accurate data that it alleges was misreported by the CDC.
The daily case counts for Florida currently posted on the CDC COVID Tracker are incorrect. The current listing states 28,317.
The accurate data are as follows:
Friday, August 6: 21,500
Saturday August 7: 19,567
Sunday, August 8: 15,319
The 3 day average: 18,795
— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) August 10, 2021
The department believes the CDC “combined MULTIPLE days in one,” it said on Monday. “We anticipate CDC will correct the record.”
A CDC spokesperson told Spectrum News on Tuesday that it was working with Florida DOH to update the report to reflect accurate numbers.
Meeting somewhere in the middle, the CDC significantly reduced its number to 19,584, which is about 13,000 cases fewer than originally reported.
Christina Pushaw, press secretary for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, told the New York Post they “appreciate that the CDC corrected the error yesterday and published the accurate case count.”
“Reports that the CDC and Florida’s health department are ‘feuding,’ or disagree whatsoever about Florida’s COVID numbers, are categorically false,” she said. “That fake narrative does generate clicks, but the media should prioritize truth and accuracy in reporting over likes and retweets.”
Although Florida and the CDC may not be in disagreement over the case discrepancy, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the federal agency misreported Florida’s numbers to be much higher than they are.
Hopefully, other states are also watching their numbers closely to ensure they are accurately reported to avoid causing a false narrative and unnecessary public fear.