Countering Some Myths About COVID-19 in Florida; October 19, 2020

The Badger dives into a few of Florida’s “covid truther” myths in this week’s analysis.

How a change in reporting policy created a dramatic change in counting deaths

After reaching out to the Florida Department of Health about the dramatic change in reporting, they confirmed in an email that the official policy of how they reported deaths changed sometime between June and August.

Deaths reported, cases, mortality and hospitalizations by age group and gender: July 29, 2020

July 29 set a new record for reported deaths with 217 (residents and non-residents). Cases are trending downward in most age groups, but mortality rates tell a different story.

Mortality, Hospitalization and Survival rates adjusted for reporting lag, July 24, 2020

As cases continue to increase in Florida (12,444 new cases for today), a lot of discussion lately has focused on the mortality rate (and to a lesser extent, the hospitalization and survival rates). We take a closer look at these trends by age group considering the reporting lag by DOH.