People are questioning if the labs are providing accurate details or if they tampered with the results. The alarming figure of more than 15,000 people testing positive on one day in Florida has disturbed everyone. Florida made international headlines for the record-breaking number of positive cases in a day.
The news broke out when Jessi Melton, an American Congress Politician, tweeted that 33 labs were busted for cooking the books.
33 Florida labs were just busted cooking the books.. reporting 98% positivity rather than 9.8!!!
— Jessi Melton for US Congress (@votejessi2020) July 14, 2020
According to the Courier Daily the labs have not tampered the reports, however, it contained numbers gathered over several days by a single laboratory, according to WTSP. The allegation made by Jessi about labs reporting “98% positivity rather 9.8%” is not entirely true. The glitch is caused by the Government not reporting the negative results.
Orlando Health, a lab residing in Florida, reported 512 positive cases and just 10 negatives giving the appearance of a 98% positive test rate.
The imbalance is caused by labs not reporting the negative results and only releasing data of positive cases which automatically increases the positivity rate. The COVID-19 report available on Florida Department of Health website only shows positive results. The negative column is blank which lets people believe that all the results performed came back positive.
The state Governor Ron DeSantis talked about the rising coronavirus cases during a press conference, where he said, “Look, some of the tests that we get are two weeks old in terms of the behavior – when that infection happened, when they took the test and when it gets reported.”
The cases have already crossed 300K in numbers in Florida alone. Adding the negative cases will not have any significant impact on the overall figure. However, accuracy is important, USF Health’s Dr. Jay Wolfson said.
Newsmax has also reported the state health department on Tuesday said all labs in the state are required to report both positive and negative results immediately. It admits some labs have not. In particular, the health department said small, private labs were withholding negative results.
“The Department immediately began working with those labs to ensure that all results were being reported in order to provide comprehensive and transparent data,” a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health 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.”
With the worry regarding COVID-19 cases rising in Florida, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demmings has made a public statement regarding the Walt Disney World Parks in Orlando, FL:
“I’m happy to say that given the theme parks that have opened prior to Disney, we have not been able to see any type of outbreaks specifically associated with any of those parks…So for me, if there’s one place on planet Earth where we should be successful, it would be at Disney.”
Ashley Carter shared a video on Twitter that shows the Mayor saying, “If there’s one place on planet Earth where we can be successful, it would be at Walt Disney [World].”
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Monday the county is not at the point yet to roll back reopening plans.
Demings said that no outbreaks associated w/ theme parks.
He added: "If there's one place on planet Earth where we can be successful, it would be at Disney [World]." pic.twitter.com/2Re2V2UIJb
— Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) July 13, 2020