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  • Writer's pictureJason L. Salemi

Demystifying Data on COVID-19 Deaths in Florida

I understand why the data on COVID-19 deaths are confusing. If you looked at data from the New York Times, the Florida Department of Health Dashboard, and the Community Coronavirus Dashboard you would find three different figures with different numbers of deaths reported on each date.

In this video blog, I explain why there are different methods for reporting daily deaths, what each measure means, and which I prefer. This includes a discussion of:

(1) deaths based on date reported

(2) deaths based on date the case tested positive

(3) deaths based on actual date of death

This video includes official data reported by the Florida Department of Health yesterday, July 12, in an attempt to shed some light on this important topic. Hint: of the 45 deaths reported in Florida yesterday, those deaths actually occurred up to 3 weeks before!

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