Last Updated on July 14, 2020
Orlando, Florida’s FOX 35 investigated several COVID-19 testing facilities claiming 100% or nearly 100% of tests they handled, and learned that the facilities were wildly incorrect in their reporting, with actual positive cases being closer to 10% of less.
After noticing several local labs had a near-100% rate of positive tests and questioning the almost impossible odds of this being true, FOX 35 learned that several labs were wildly incorrect in their reporting.
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.
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The news station also went to the Florida Department of Public Health with their shocking findings, and was told that “although private and public laboratories are required to report positive and negative results to the state immediately, some have not,” which may result in further incorrect reporting.
A spokesman for FDPH told FOX 35, “The Department immediately began working with those labs to ensure that all results were being reported in order to provide comprehensive and transparent data,” and “As the state continues to receive results from various labs, the Department will continue educating these labs on proper protocol for reporting COVID-19 test results.”
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Florida is currently experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases, and while doctors have warned that a spike in COVID-19 deaths will soon follow, the death count in the state is not sharply rising to match the number of confirmed cases.
Earlier this year, during the peak of hysteria surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Action 7’s Savanah Hernandez was tested for COVID-19, and told by a doctor that the tests themselves were only 60% accurate, and that he did not trust any tests made in China.