Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio talkshow host of “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” has recently reacted to a report that some Florida labs are not reporting the number of people who test negative for COVID-19, saying this is “incompetence” or “corruption.”
The revelations by Fox 35 Orlando are a “huge, huge story,” according to Limbaugh. However, he said “you literally can’t find it … anywhere in the Drive-By Media.”
“Florida hospitals are making massive mistakes with coronavirus case reporting,” he said.
A Statistical Improbability
Florida tops 300,000 coronavirus cases with 10,000 new cases https://t.co/4pkJrT2p9a
— The Palm Beach Post (@pbpost) July 15, 2020
According to The Palm Beach Post, “more than 300 labs that conducted five tests or less reported 100% positive rates.”
The Palm Beach Post also said that around 125 labs that have reported their results. They found out that between five and 460 tests said 100% of the samples tested positive. This is also what state health officials call a statistical improbability.
“Is incompetence this profound? Is it this rampant? Or is this corruption?” Limbaugh asked. “The inflated numbers come as Florida has … record numbers of COVID-19 infections.”
Limbaugh said that the revelations were “too bad because the horses are out of the barn now. Everybody thinks that Florida is Ground Zero, that it’s the new hotspot, that everybody in Florida is getting sick and they’re all going to die. That is the desired effect all this is having.”
The Department of Health has issued a statement. It said: “In recent days, the Florida Department of Health noticed that some smaller, private labs weren’t reporting negative test result data to the state. The department immediately began working with those labs to ensure that all results were being reported in order to provide comprehensive and transparent data.”
Jonathon Little, a spokesman for Lee Health in Fort Myers, said: “We have been accurately reporting our positive and negative test results to the Florida Department of Health, and we are working with the department to resolve this discrepancy.”