Florida is ablaze with COVID-19—and its case data reporting is a hot mess

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Enlarge / Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during an event on August 10, 2021. (credit: Getty | Joe Raedle)

With the hypertransmissible delta variant on the rampage, Florida has become the epicenter of transmission in the US. The state is experiencing its largest surge of COVID-19 cases yet in the pandemic. Hospitalizations have reached record levels, and deaths are on the rise.

But instead of focusing on the response to the dire public health emergency, state officials appear to be squabbling over pandemic data and health measures.

On Monday night, Florida's health department blasted media outlets for reporting the state's most recent daily COVID-19 cases counts—as the counts were relayed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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