So this whole coronavirus outbreak in Florida is … interesting. Statistically, everyone in the state is getting this killer cold virus, in the middle of a punishing heat wave (heat index is 105 degrees and up – we just got back from the stables and it was painful to be outside even for half an hour). I don’t know a single person affected by the illness, living in a community that is comprised of 47% senior citizens. In fact, the senior citizens seem to be among the people least interested in wearing a mask and social distancing. They are going swimming in community pools and throwing parties, because they just don’t care anymore (and it’s hard to blame them).
I have figured for a while that there had to be widespread manipulation of the data in advance of the Republican convention in Jacksonville. We’ve already watched regulators adopt a “liberal” definition of who has died from the illness. But the disconnect between what is being reported and what living here looks like is getting truly bonkers.
A friend told me today that one of her relatives was going to be tested for the coronavirus but never went. She received a letter in the mail 7 days later saying she tested positive. On a test she never took. Now I understand why. They are blanketing the state with false positives.
The Florida Department of Health released its daily coronavirus testing report showing a statewide positivity rate of 11 percent, but FOX 35 News investigated and quickly noticed some shocking positivity rates.
Countless labs have reported a 100 percent positivity rate, which means every single person tested was positive. Other labs had very high positivity rates. FOX 35 found that testing sites like Centra Care reported that 83 people were tested and all tested positive. Then, NCF Diagnostics in Alachua reported 88 percent of tests were positive.
How could that be? FOX 35 News investigated these astronomical numbers, contacting every local location mentioned in the report.
The report showed that Orlando Health had a 98 percent positivity rate. However, when FOX 35 News contacted the hospital, they confirmed errors in the report. Orlando Health’s positivity rate is only 9.4 percent, not 98 percent as in the report.
The report also showed that the Orlando Veteran’s Medical Center had a positivity rate of 76 percent. A spokesperson for the VA told FOX 35 News on Tuesday that this does not reflect their numbers and that the positivity rate for the center is actually 6 percent.
FOX 35 News has yet to hear from the other labs or the Florida Department of Health to explain how the error could have been made on an official report.
So I would understand one lab accidentally inverting numbers in reporting on one occasion. Sort of. You would think they would have people double-checking data on something that is ostensibly this significant, right? But to have that happening across disparate health organizations and multiple labs? And then no one at the state checked it and said, gee, everyone you tested came back positive? And you don’t even have paperwork to back any of this up? Do they simply have zero controls and nothing but incompetent people managing this stuff, all the way from the lab to the capital? Does it work this way on other diseases too? Are people having surgery when they never had cancer?
And I am sure a not insignificant number of these false positives were given to people who delayed hospital care during the lockdown. So getting the test will likely interfere with the quality of care they receive on whatever illness put them in this situation in the first place.
Somehow the state has systemic misreporting of test results on thousands of tests. That sounds a bit difficult to pull off without outright fraud, but YMMV.