On Tuesday, the Florida State Health Department announced that several Coronavirus testing labs in the state had been purposely skewing positive coronavirus rates and had not been sharing their negative test rates.
Some labs were skewing their positive test rates by a whopping factor of ten.
“Countless labs have reported a 100 percent positivity rate, which means every single person tested was positive. Other labs had very high positivity rates,” reported FOX 35, adding that a Centra Care laboratory stated that all 83 people who were tested had the virus.
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
The news station investigated the suspect “astronomical” findings and found the data was skewed by the lack of reported negative tests.
For example, Orlando Veteran’s Medical Center’s reported positivity rate of 76% is actually around 6%, a spokesperson for the center revealed. The report added, “Orlando Health’s positivity rate is only 9.4 percent, not 98 percent as in the report.”
The Florida Department of Health came out on Tuesday, stating, “although private and public laboratories are required to report positive and negative results to the state immediately, some have not,” said FOX 35. “Specifically, they said that some smaller, private labs were not reporting negative test result data to the state.”
Florida Department of Health spokesperson said they are now making sure that the labs conduct “proper protocol” to report accurate coronavirus cases.
“The Department immediately began working with those labs to ensure that all results were being reported in order to provide comprehensive and transparent data,” the spokesperson 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 test results.”
The Daily Wire continues:
Florida has garnered dire media headlines over their recent surge in positive coronavirus test results. The Sunshine State hit a record high on Monday, with a reported 12,000 positive tests.
According to Bay News 9, Dr. Raul Pino with Florida Dept. of Health-Orange County theorized that the spike in positives tests was partly because of a “backlogged test results being added to the state’s data,” “added labs entering results electronically,” and “daily tests inside the so-called ‘Disney Bubble’ for the NBA and the MLS.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has been repeatedly criticized by Democrats and mainstream media outlets for refusing to dictate blanket, strict social distancing measures on his citizens, instead opting for more targeted approach with a focus on the elderly, who are most vulnerable to the virus.
Though the state of Florida has not come close to the catastrophic results in liberal New York, where more draconian measures and deadly nursing home orders (which have since been rescinded) were imposed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the media have frequently praised the Democrat for his handling of the crises while slamming DeSantis.
According to data provided by the Florida Health Department on Tuesday, the state, which has a population of about 21.4 million, has had over 4,400 deaths attributed to the virus. New York, a state with an estimated population of 19.5 million, has had more than 32,000.
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