Douglas Andrews / August 11, 2021

CDC Retracts Its Bogus Florida Numbers

That the Biden administration is targeting Florida and its successful Republican governor shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Joe Biden’s CDC has some serious egg on its face. The agency was forced to update its COVID-19 tracker for Florida after having drastically overstated the state’s infection numbers.

Don’t mess with Florida, the Sunshine State’s health department seemed to be saying to the increasing political CDC after it took to Twitter to publicly call for a correction.

The CDC had initially reported 28,317 Florida cases on Sunday, but later revised that to 19,584 — and the Florida health department says it was 15,319.

“Wrong again,” the health department declared in response to an inaccurate story in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “The number of cases CDCgov released for Florida today is incorrect. They combined MULTIPLE days into one. We anticipate CDC will correct the record.”

Were it up to the Biden White House and its mainstream media lickspittles, folks would think Florida is COVID Central and the new Delta variant of the illness is actually the DeSantis variant — such is their shared fear of the young, tough, competent, truth-telling Florida governor.

Think about it: Joe Biden is praising New York’s loathsome soon-to-be-ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo while at the same time taking shots at Ron DeSantis. And he’s getting his clock cleaned. It’s one thing to be a partisan, but another thing entirely to be a dead-end partisan playing a dead hand.

Columnist Tyler Shanahan points this out:

[News outlets] seem genuinely frustrated that DeSantis refuses to impose restrictions that would protect the unvaccinated at the cost of the livelihoods of those who have been vaccinated. “Why must he persist,” they seem to wonder, “with this dangerous notion that people who want to get vaccinated can, and those who don’t want to don’t have to?”

The answer is quite simple: Because it works.

Florida is sitting squarely in the middle of the pack when it comes to nationwide state vaccination rates. As of Aug. 8, nearly 60% of the state is at least partly vaccinated, while nearly 50% of the state is fully vaccinated.

To be sure, it’s troubling that this new variant of the Wuhan coronavirus is surging in the summer months, but, as our Mark Alexander recently noted, the key data point to consider moving forward is not infections. It’s deaths. And the number of deaths is much lower than it was during record months.

To put it bluntly, COVID has, during the past 18 months, already taken many of our most vulnerable people from us. Those of us who are left are in most cases younger, stronger, and more resistant to the worst effects of this illness.

For example, consider these numbers: On February 21, the U.S. reached 500,000 deaths, and on June 15, that total hit 600,000. But in the two months since then, with the nation now in full Delta variant panic mode, the U.S. death toll stands at 618,000. That’s a remarkable slowdown.

It’s a big number, yes — and an unspeakably tragic number. But some perspective is healthy here, especially if we’re to avoid a Biden-induced panic and all that comes with it.

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