Are COVID cases spiking to record levels in virus hotspot Florida? In short, no.
As reported by a Fox News affiliate in Orlando, "countless" clinics in Florida have reported a COVID-positive test rate of 90-100%. When questioned by Fox reporters, one clinic--Orlando Health--claimed "errors" had been made, and reported the true numbers, roughly one tenth of the reported rate, from 98% to 9.4%.
Amy Kaufeldt, an anchor with Fox 35 in Orlando, reports that the clinics in question claim to have reported the test rates correctly, but that the numbers were changed at the state level, by the Florida Dept. of Health.
Is this an isolated instance of corrupt bureaucratic meddling, an honest mistake, or a hint of widespread manipulation? Time will tell. It's not the first time Florida has been plagued with false reporting of COVID-19 data.
Further, keep in mind that the Republican National Convention is slated to be held in Jacksonville, Florida.
Congratulations to reporter Robert Guaderrama with Fox 35 in Orlando.
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