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The CDC just changed Florida’s COVID-19 numbers. Here’s why

The CDC changed Florida’s number after the health department called out the CDC

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Jonathan Pagliarulo gets tested for COVID-19 in North Miami, Florida.

Jonathan Pagliarulo, 11, gets tested for COVID-19, after vaccinated family members tested positive for the virus, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in North Miami, Fla.

Marta Lavandier, Associated Press

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that it had updated the COVID-19 data for Florida after the state’s own department of health contested the CDC’s COVID-19 tracker data.

The CDC told Fox News that it would work with the Florida Department of Health to make sure the numbers in the CDC’s COVID-19 tracker data are accurate.

Indeed, Florida’s Department of Health said the CDC combined multiple days of COVID-19 data into one day.

  • The CDC reported that there had been 28,317 new COVID-19 cases in Florida on Sunday.
  • But that number changed to 19,584 by Tuesday, according to Fox News.

Florida’s COVID-19 surge

Still, Florida is seeing a massive COVID-19 surge right now. In fact, the federal government recently sent hundreds of ventilators and other medical equipment to the state to deal with the record hospitalizations, NBC News reported.

  • Specifically, Florida had 14,787 people hospitalized from COVID-19 on Tuesday, which was 145% more than the peak number of hospitalizations in the state back in July 2020, according to NBC News.

Public officials said the hospitalizations have been driven by the unvaccinated.

  • “There is this rapid, accelerated rise that is unprecedented,” University of Florida Health Shands CEO Ed Jimenez said on MSNBC.