ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, appearing in St. Petersburg to hand $1,000 checks to teachers and principals, said any attempt by the federal government to issue a nationwide mask mandate will be met with great resistance. The governor said as a parent himself, he’s more concerned about children testing positive for RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) than for COVID-19.
(FOX NEWS) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday updated its COVID-19 tracker for Florida over the past few days after the state’s department of health appealed publicly for an update.
The CDC told Fox News in an email on Tuesday that it was working with the state’s health department to correct the information.
The state took to Twitter on Monday to ask the CDC to update its COVID-19 case tracker because it incorrectly combined “MULTIPLE days into one.” The Sunday total was the state’s worst ever, according to the CDC data.
Multiple media organizations picked up on the number and the department corrected the stories online with some bite.
“Wrong again. The number of cases @CDCgov released for Florida today is incorrect,” it responded to a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “They combined MULTIPLE days into one. We anticipate CDC will correct the record.”
— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) August 10, 2021
The CDC initially reported 28,317 new cases on Sunday but adjusted that number to 19,584 by Tuesday. The health department said there were 15,319 cases on Sunday. The CDC and the state did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News about the discrepancy.
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