Florida’s Department of Health has evidence showing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published incorrect COVID-19 case numbers on Aug. 8.
CDC initially reported the Sunshine State had a “new record” of 28,317 daily infections and 120 fatalities for the period. However, the department revealed its own dataset proves the federal agency was spreading misinformation. The state only recorded 15,319 new cases on August 8. The figure was 21,500 on August 6, and 19,567 on Aug. 7.
“Wrong again,” the department said on Twitter. “The number of cases CDC released for Florida today is incorrect.
The department accused CDC employees of falsely portraying data from multiple days, as if they only happened in 24 hours.
The CDC website reported Florida had 23,903 new cases on August 6, 28,316 the next day, and 28,317 on Aug. 8. The agency over reported new infections across the state for three consecutive days, with the greatest disparity being nearly 10,000 infections on August 8 according to Fox News.
State bureaucrats now wants the federal agency to present a true version of events.
“They combined multiple days into one,” the department said on Twitter. “We anticipate CDC will correct the record.”
COVID-19 has been a hot topic since Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) publicly refused to impose mask mandates, vaccination passports, school closures, and lockdowns across Florida. This was based on the argument that tough government restrictions cannot stop the pandemic. It would only hinder hard-working Floridians, businesses, and state economic growth.
Prioritizing the right to education led to a war of words between DeSantis and President Joe Biden. The governor wants to give parents a greater say in how their children are taught, while Biden prefers families to either cooperate or “step out of the way.”
“[DeSantis] has become, I would argue, the leading voice of opposition to the Biden administration,” former Florida Sen. Rob Bradley (R) said according to the Associated Press. “It is not a surprise to see Biden and DeSantis going at it.”
The two leaders still agree that vaccination is the fastest way to recover from the pandemic. However, DeSantis still prefers to give individuals the right to make informed medical decisions instead of simply following presidential mandates.