The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday revised its COVID-19 tracker for Florida after the state’s health department asked the agency to correct what they said were wrongly reported numbers.
How we got here: The Florida Department of Health claimed Monday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inaccurately reported the number of coronavirus cases in the state. The department argued that the agency’s daily count of coronavirus cases in Florida for Sunday reflected several days of reporting and was inaccurate.
The state’s health department took to Twitter to dispute multiple reports that picked up the numbers provided by the CDC.
“The number of cases @CDCgov released for Florida today is incorrect. They combined MULTIPLE days into one. We anticipate CDC will correct the record,” the department tweeted on Monday.
The story: On Tuesday, the CDC told Spectrum News that it’s working to correct the numbers. Later that day, the agency updated the count, but it still does not match the numbers that the Florida health department said were correct.
The CDC initially reported that Florida recorded 28,317 new cases on Sunday but changed that number to 19,584 by Tuesday. The health department, however, claimed there were 15,319 new cases on Sunday.
The agency also changed the initially reported 23,903 coronavirus cases for Friday to 23,958 as well as the 28,316 it reported for Saturday to 21,487.
Still, Florida’s health department claimed on Monday that these numbers were much lower. It said it counted 21,500 cases for Friday, 19,567 cases for Saturday, and 15,319 for Sunday and that the three-day average was 18,795 in new coronavirus cases.
The CDC also reported numbers for Monday, saying that Florida recorded 15,322 new coronavirus cases on that day and 16 more deaths.
Also Tuesday, the state broke the record again for hospitalizations at 15,169 though the vaccination rate has reached 71.1%, just 0.1% behind the U.S., for adults with at least one shot. For weeks, the state was significantly below the national average.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hospitalizations in Florida rose to 14,787. The Florida Hospital Association said reported d 14,787 confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations for Tuesday.
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