A Florida hospital handling CCP Virus (coronavirus) tests confirmed to media this week that there were “errors” in its report of the virus positivity rate—which was overstated by a factor of 10.

Several medical facilities in Florida admitted that their actual positive rates were much lower than those reported to the state government, according to Orlando news station Fox 35.

The area hospital Orlando Health told the news station that its “positivity rate is only 9.4 percent, not 98 percent as in the report.”

Another Orlando-area lab, Veteran’s Medical Center, reported “a positivity rate of 76 percent,” but its representative said, “The positivity rate for the center is actually 6 percent.”

The Florida Department of Health confirmed that several laboratories have not reported negative test result data to the state as required.

“The Department immediately began working with those labs to ensure that all results were being reported in order to provide comprehensive and transparent data,” a representative for the Florida Department of Health said. “As the state continues to receive results from various labs, the Department will continue educating these labs on proper protocol for reporting COVID-19 [CCP Virus] test results.”

The revelation raises already-heightened concerns that the number of confirmed infections in the country has been inflated. It came as Florida is experiencing a surge in CCP Virus cases and the nation entered a fiery debate on whether to reopen schools in the the fall. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and President Donald Trump are pushing to reopen schools while Democrats vehemently oppose the move. 

“We spent months saying that there were certain things that were essential—that included fast food restaurants, it included Walmart, it included Home Depot. If fast food and Walmart and Home Depot—and look, I do all that, so I’m not looking down on it—but if all that is essential, then educating our kids is absolutely essential,” DeSantis said. “I have no doubt we can do this safely.”

President Trump said that the CCP Virus death rate was down “tenfold” thanks to promising therapeutics and urged states to reopen their schools.

“Our country has got to get back, and it’s got to get back as soon as possible, and I don’t consider our country coming back if the schools are closed,” the president said. “Everybody wants it, the moms want it, the dads want it, the kids want it.”

Meanwhile, Democrats criticized the Trump administration for advocating a return to school, accused the president of ignoring experts. 

“The president and his administration are messing with the health of our children,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said. “We all want our children to go back to school, parents do and children do. But they must go back safely.”

“Teachers shouldn’t be forced to choose between their lives and their jobs,” Hillary Clinton tweeted.

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