CDC Updates Florida COVID Totals After Being Called Out, Number Nearly Goes Down by a Third

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday updated COVID-19 data for the state of Florida after the state insisted federal officials got it wrong. The CDC initially reported 28,317 new cases on Sunday, far above the figure of 15,319 recorded by the state’s health department and Florida’s highest total ever. State officials said the CDC put several days worth of cases into one day. The CDC ended up setting the number at 19,584, according to Fox News. “It is very important that data is accurate,” said Florida’s Deputy Health Secretary Dr. Shamarial Roberson, according to Fox News. “The people of Florida — they deserve it. We’ve been putting out accurate data since the beginning of the pandemic.” “It’s very important to us that people know the numbers so that they can respond, and it’s important to us that we have the accurate numbers so that our public health professionals can respond,” she said. She said she does not understand what the CDC did to botch the count. As of Wednesday, the state and federal numbers still did not match. The CDC admits on its website that it may not get it right.

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