October 2, 2022

Florida health agencies fumble in fighting COVID, state audit shows

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Gov. Ron DeSantis appoints Dr. Joseph Ladapo as the next surgeon general of Florida on Sept. 21

It didn’t take an audit by the Florida Auditor General to confirm what many of us suspected all along: Florida’s COVID-19 pandemic data was, and most likely remains, flawed. The words “inaccurate” and “incomplete” are laced throughout the 30-page audit report, along with other descriptions that don’t stir confidence.

“…The number of entities reporting data, apparent inaccurate or incomplete data reported to the state by those entities, and the lack of effective access controls in the systems used to gather data, impacted the state’s ability to accurately report COVID-19 data at the beginning of the pandemic,” the report said.

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Florida undercounted COVID cases and deaths and botched analyzing and collecting test results, confirming the disinterested attitude of Gov. Ron DeSantis and Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo, whose anti-mask policies helped the virus spread. 



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