Investigation Reveals Florida's COVID Data May Be Wildly Off

Brittany M. Hughes | July 14, 2020
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While many leftwing pundits and lawmakers have demonized Florida and its Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis, for the state’s escalating COVID cases, the impossibly high positive rates being reported by many labs suggest that erroneous data may have skewed the overall positive numbers for the state.

In a shocking (but perhaps, not really) new report, Fox 35 in Orlando investigated the astronomically high numbers being reported from several health facilities, where anywhere between 88 and 100 percent of all COVID tests are supposedly coming back positive, and found that not only was some of the data wrong - it was off by miles.

“The Florida Department of Health released its daily coronavirus testing report showing a statewide positivity rate of 11 percent, but FOX 35 News investigated and quickly noticed some shocking positivity rates,” the outlet reported.

FOX 35 said they combed through data for individual labs responsible for running COVID tests and found that “countless labs report 100 percent positivity, which means every single person tested was positive.” The investigation found that Centra Care, for example, reported all 83 people they tested as being positive for COVID, while the Orlando Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center reported a suspiciously high 76 percent positive rate.

The VA told FOX 35 they’re looking into the numbers.

Meanwhile, reporters also found that the positive rate being reported by Orlando Health was, in fact, completely wrong – and by a factor of about 10.

“Orlando Health, the only to answer our question, confirmed errors in the report. Its positivity rate is in fact only 9.4 percent, not 98 percent as in the report,” FOX 35 reported.

The outlet added that none of the other labs nor the Florida Department of Health has responded to their questions about how such massive errors could have been included in an official report.