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Coronavirus in Florida podcast: Confusion over how the state is counting the dead

Florida’s medical examiners were compiling a higher number of deaths caused by COVID-19 than the health department’s official tally, but now the state is withholding the higher count.
On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next.
On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next. [ Eli Zhang ]
Published May 1, 2020

With no concrete explanation, state officials stopped releasing the list of coronavirus deaths being compiled by Florida’s medical examiners.

When that list was available in early April, the Tampa Bay Times reported that the medical examiners’ death count was 10 percent higher than the figure released by the Florida Department of Health.

The state has been withholding the medical examiner’s list since April 20. On this episode, host Allison Graves talks with Times deputy investigations editor, Kathleen McGrory, who has been covering this story with investigative reporter Rebecca Woolington.

We don’t have a set schedule for the Coronavirus in Florida podcast, but we will publish more episodes in the coming weeks. You can listen to the latest episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio player above or by downloading it on your favorite podcast platform.

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