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Florida Surgeon General Implements Additional Review Process for Fatalities Attributed to COVID-19 to Ensure Data Integrity

October 21, 2020


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Florida Surgeon General Implements Additional Review Process for Fatalities Attributed to COVID-19 to Ensure Data Integrity

Of the 95 fatalities reported to the state on October 21, 2020, 16 had at least a two-month separation between the time the individuals tested positive and passed away, and 11 of the fatalities occurred more than a month ago

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Florida's Surgeon General, Dr. Scott A. Rivkees, announced the Department of Health will conduct a more thorough review of all fatalities reported to the state.

Fatality data reported to the state consistently presents confusion and warrants a more rigorous review. Of the 95 fatalities reported to the state yesterday, 16 had more than a two-month separation between the time the individuals tested positive and passed away, and 11 of the deaths occurred more than a month ago.

Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees said, "During a pandemic, the public must be able to rely on accurate public health data to make informed decisions. To ensure the accuracy of COVID-19 related deaths, the Department will be performing additional reviews of all deaths. Timely and accurate data remains a top priority of the Department of Health.”

Of the 95 fatalities reported to the Florida Department of Health today:

  • 11 were over 30 days old;
  • 16 had at least two months between the time the individuals tested positive and passed away; and
  • 5 had at least three months between the time the individuals tested positive and passed away.

Here is the data reported to the Department of Health on October 20, 2020:

Date Became Case (DOH made aware of positive test)

County

Age

Gender

Date of death

06/08/2020

Palm Beach

85

Female

09/27/2020

06/23/2020

Dade

58

Female

10/06/2020

06/25/2020

Palm Beach

87

Female

10/01/2020

06/25/2020

Palm Beach

63

Male

10/05/2020

06/28/2020

Sarasota

74

Male

09/20/2020

07/01/2020

Palm Beach

73

Female

10/02/2020

07/11/2020

Dade

61

Male

09/20/2020

07/12/2020

Palm Beach

76

Male

10/11/2020

07/19/2020

Dade

58

Male

10/02/2020

07/21/2020

Palm Beach

81

Female

10/19/2020

07/21/2020

Palm Beach

64

Female

10/02/2020

07/23/2020

Palm Beach

80

Female

09/21/2020

07/27/2020

Palm Beach

66

Female

10/09/2020

07/27/2020

Palm Beach

81

Male

09/20/2020

07/29/2020

Dade

50

Male

10/03/2020

07/30/2020

Palm Beach

93

Female

09/23/2020

07/30/2020

Palm Beach

94

Female

10/04/2020

08/03/2020

Marion

73

Male

10/06/2020

08/03/2020

Hernando

86

Male

10/07/2020

08/03/2020

Sarasota

54

Male

09/19/2020

08/07/2020

Palm Beach

91

Male

09/21/2020

08/13/2020

Sarasota

83

Male

10/11/2020

08/13/2020

Manatee

58

Female

09/08/2020

08/14/2020

Palm Beach

63

Male

10/12/2020

08/15/2020

Palm Beach

76

Female

09/29/2020

08/20/2020

Palm Beach

95

Male

09/19/2020

08/20/2020

Palm Beach

79

Female

10/09/2020

08/23/2020

Palm Beach

79

Male

09/22/2020

08/24/2020

Palm Beach

89

Female

09/22/2020

08/25/2020

Palm Beach

66

Female

09/23/2020

08/27/2020

Palm Beach

83

Male

09/24/2020

08/27/2020

Dade

70

Female

10/01/2020

08/28/2020

Martin

99

Female

10/11/2020

08/30/2020

Martin

76

Male

09/27/2020

09/01/2020

Palm Beach

62

Male

09/28/2020

09/01/2020

Marion

93

Male

09/27/2020

09/02/2020

Palm Beach

64

Male

10/01/2020

09/02/2020

Palm Beach

84

Male

09/19/2020

09/04/2020

Putnam

65

Male

09/24/2020

09/05/2020

Palm Beach

66

Male

09/21/2020

09/06/2020

Palm Beach

84

Female

09/21/2020

09/08/2020

Palm Beach

94

Female

10/08/2020

09/10/2020

Volusia

59

Male

10/19/2020

09/12/2020

Highlands

65

Male

10/06/2020

09/12/2020

Palm Beach

69

Female

09/29/2020

09/14/2020

Palm Beach

63

Male

10/06/2020

09/14/2020

Palm Beach

85

Male

09/25/2020

09/15/2020

Palm Beach

75

Female

09/22/2020

09/15/2020

Palm Beach

82

Female

10/10/2020

09/16/2020

Palm Beach

94

Female

10/07/2020

09/16/2020

Palm Beach

82

Female

09/23/2020

09/16/2020

Palm Beach

74

Female

10/03/2020

09/17/2020

Palm Beach

72

Male

10/06/2020

09/17/2020

Palm Beach

87

Male

10/04/2020

09/17/2020

Palm Beach

76

Male

10/04/2020

09/18/2020

Hernando

87

Male

10/07/2020

09/18/2020

Indian River

85

Female

10/01/2020

09/18/2020

Clay

75

Male

10/20/2020

09/18/2020

Palm Beach

76

Female

09/24/2020

09/19/2020

Palm Beach

80

Female

09/30/2020

09/20/2020

Palm Beach

97

Female

09/23/2020

09/21/2020

Dade

73

Female

09/26/2020

09/21/2020

Palm Beach

84

Male

09/26/2020

09/21/2020

Marion

72

Female

09/24/2020

09/21/2020

Volusia

80

Male

10/19/2020

09/23/2020

Martin

75

Male

10/12/2020

09/23/2020

Putnam

90

Male

10/18/2020

09/24/2020

Dade

80

Female

09/30/2020

09/25/2020

Palm Beach

59

Female

10/02/2020

09/25/2020

Sarasota

60

Female

10/02/2020

09/26/2020

Hernando

70

Female

10/13/2020

09/28/2020

Palm Beach

79

Female

10/09/2020

09/28/2020

Palm Beach

80

Female

10/08/2020

09/28/2020

Dade

76

Female

10/10/2020

09/28/2020

Sarasota

71

Female

10/13/2020

09/29/2020

Hernando

96

Female

10/06/2020

09/30/2020

Desoto

88

Male

10/06/2020

10/01/2020

Brevard

78

Male

10/14/2020

10/02/2020

Palm Beach

97

Female

10/05/2020

10/04/2020

Palm Beach

80

Male

10/11/2020

10/05/2020

Martin

90

Female

10/07/2020

10/07/2020

Palm Beach

80

Female

10/08/2020

10/09/2020

Pinellas

85

Female

10/19/2020

10/11/2020

Hernando

85

Male

10/11/2020

10/12/2020

Lee

84

Male

10/19/2020

10/13/2020

Sarasota

94

Female

10/17/2020

10/14/2020

Manatee

93

Male

10/15/2020

10/15/2020

Pinellas

79

Male

10/19/2020

10/16/2020

Palm Beach

36

Male

10/12/2020

10/19/2020

Sarasota

86

Male

10/07/2020

10/19/2020

Palm Beach

86

Female

10/10/2020

10/19/2020

Hillsborough

80

Male

09/17/2020

10/19/2020

Sarasota

81

Male

09/18/2020

10/20/2020

Orange

84

Female

07/26/2020

10/20/2020

Dade

74

Female

08/11/2020

 

More Information on COVID-19

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