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Echoing Trump, Florida’s Leaders Worked To Cast Doubt On The State’s Death Count. Now They’re Not Talking

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BUTCH DILL
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ASSOCIATED PRESS

As the presidential campaign heated up, Florida’s leaders worked to cast doubt on their own COVID-19 death count, second guessing doctors on the front lines of the pandemic and mirroring Donald Trump’s messaging that the toll wasn’t as bad as it looked.

The state tightened control over its reporting, cut off avenues for review and announced additional layers of scrutiny for COVID-19 deaths.

Now, new questions are being raised about an unexplained gap in death reporting in the days leading up to Election Day on Nov. 3. The pause in reporting long-backlogged deaths resulted in fewer COVID-19 deaths being reported in daily counts as Floridians headed to the polls.

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.