The Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Dashboard daily case reports have not aligned with the Joint Information Center on COVID-19 for the State of Florida for at least the past three days.
The Joint Information Center’s daily email is sent to media and citizens upon request and it reports how many tests were performed and reported to the DOH as of midnight the day before. The results reveal the daily number of new positive cases for both residents and non-residents, the positivity rate, the total cumulative cases for Florida and also reports on deaths and gives links to long-term care facilities cases, and data sorted by county such as hospitalization rate and cases for ethnicities.
These reports are used by media, medical professionals and municipalities throughout the state. Currently, at least the last three days of data are not aligning.
On the dashboard chart for Case Over Time, June 20th shows 4,671 new cases. The Joint Information Center release states there were 3,494 cases.
On the dashboard chart for Case Over Time, June 19th shows 4,024 new cases. The Joint Information Center release states there were 4,049 cases.
On the dashboard chart for Case Over Time, June 18th shows 3,311 new cases. The Joint Information Center release states there were 3,822 cases.
Over these three dates, the dashboard chart reports a combined total of 12,006 cases whereas the Joint Information Center figures add up to 11,365 cases. That is a 641 case difference.
Mainstreet Daily News requested an explanation from the FDOH yesterday to gain clarity in which figures are accurate. As of the time of publication, they have not responded.
The June 22nd press release issued by the Joint Information Center reports 2,926 new Florida cases while the Florida COVID-19 Dashboard reports 2,779.
The FDOH launched the COVID-19 Case Dashboard on March 16th “as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to provide transparency and clarity regarding COVID-19,” the FDOH wrote in the statement announcing the dashboard launch.
“To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, this dashboard will be updated twice daily,” the FDOH reported upon the launch. Once Florida started the reopening process, the dashboard update frequency changed to once per day.