[Ed. – Although this wouldn’t necessarily be from malice, it would still be an accounting error that legitimately requires correction. No business would accept having sales data systematically posted on the wrong date – for obvious reasons. The public is entitled to know when “new COVID cases” don’t represent an actual surge of cases on the posting date. Such a misperception drives policy, and that’s wrong.]
After several months of flat infection rates, positive case results in Florida began rising slowly in mid-June before beginning a steep climb near the end of the month.
Deaths in the state have remained largely flat over that time period, leaving experts struggling to explain why surging case rates have not resulted in an uptick in mortality. One possibility, according to data provided by the state itself, is that the new case numbers regularly posted by Florida health officials have been significantly inflated in recent weeks.
Data show that the state was apparently undercounting thousands of cases between early and mid-June, after which through the end of June and into early July it began posting what were presumably the backlogged cases it had missed in the prior weeks.