DeSantis hints he may resume daily case and death reports after CDC mistake
Fla. — The Centers for Disease Control posted information saying there were more than 56,ooo new cases of COVID-19 in Florida on Saturday and Sunday.
But the Florida Dept. of Health tweeted no, there were around 35-thousand on those two days– that’s a difference of more than 21-thousand cases.
Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is running for governor, told reporters Tuesday the blame for the discrepancy lies with the DeSantis administration.
“This confusion would not have happened if the governor and the Florida Department of Health had been publicly releasing daily COVID updates, as they had been until the first week of June of this year,” she said.
The DeSantis administration stopped reporting cases and deaths in early June, when the numbers were dropping. On Tuesday, the governor said the CDC misreported the numbers and he hinted the daily state reports may return.
“We are trying to figure out if that has been corrected and if not, whether it would just make more sense to maybe at least put out something. so, stay tuned on that. we’ll see what happens,” he said.
Late Tuesday, the CDC dashboard had changed Florida’s weekend numbers to align with what the state is reporting.