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July 15th, 2020 by Mike Vasilinda
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
100% Positive
Edius 1
Anchor Lead
Florida crossed the 300,000 mark for cases today and the overall positivity rate since the start of the pandemic has reached 11 percent. But scrutiny over reporting data is causing some to question how accurate that positivity rate truly is, with more than 450 labs reporting 100 percent positivity in the state’s latest report. Jake Stofan has been speaking with labs and hospitals to try and understand what happened.
Supers:
0:11-0:18 Jake Stofan
Runs: 1:23
Anchor Tag
We first contacted the department of health for comment on this story last night, but have so far not received a response as to whether it believes these reporting errors have impacted the positivity rates it reports to the public.
100% Positive PACKAGE
With the state’s total positivity rate sitting at 11 percent… it’s unlikely a testing facility would be reporting 100 percent positivity, but more than 450 have done so.
Jake
“The Department of Health has in part blamed the missing data on private labs failing to report negative results.”
We obtained this email sent by the Department of Health at 6 PM Tuesday, clarifying that negative test results do need to be reported.
We spoke with the private lab, which asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation from the department.
The lab told us previous to that email it had only been asked to report positive cases.
We also spoke with a hospital, which again declined to provide an on camera interview.
The hospital said it has routinely reported positive and negative cases, but has experienced ongoing issues with the spreadsheet.
Sometimes missing positive cases and now missing its negatives.
Of the more than 450 facilities with zero negative results, only 81 reported more than ten total tests.
In fact, the vast majority reported only a single test.
With the state reporting 3.3 million tests statewide, the lab and hospital we spoke with both agreed, even as they go back to clear up the reporting errors, they find it unlikely it will make any significant change to the overall positivity rate.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
THREE MILLION
Edius 1
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise, so do the number of people applying for unemployment. Mike Vasilinda tells us the system has made record payments yet some are still not seeing a dime.
Supers: Tallahassee
0:21-0:25 Mike Vasilinda Standup
0:26-0:28 Nat sot
0:39-0:53 Sot: Judy Tanzosh
Three Months Unemployed
0:59-1:00 Nat sot
1:10-1:23 Sot: Kathleen Payne
Unemployed since March 22
Runs 1:32
Anchor Tag: And employers who have been forced to fire or lay people off can expect to pay as much as three hundred fifty dollars an employee to replenish the reemployment trust fund.
Three Million Package Script
The states unemployment dashboard shows Florida crossed the three million claim mark and has paid out a whopping ten billion dollars since the middle of March.
About one in six claims filed is a duplicate. But The dashboard shows nealry two and a half million unique Floridians have filed. So far, one point seven million have been paid.
Mike Vasilinda Standup
“And for the first half of July, the state has been averaging thirty thousand new cases a day.”
Nat sot: “ And I’m very grateful to be back at work.”
Judy Tanzosh, who first filed in late March, went back to work and got her first paycheck before her first check came from the state. She filed a second claim after the initial claim was denied.
Sot: Judy Tanzosh
Three Months Unemployed
“They eventually did approve my PUA claim, but they approved it with a date of June fourteenth, and so they paid me the one hundred twenty five PUA and six hundred Federal, and according to them I am paid in full.”
Judy believes she is still owed 94 hundred dollar in back benefits.
Nat sot
“I mean, people are losing their lives.”
Kathleen Payne is in worse straights. She was laid off March 22nd and hasn’t seen a dime, forcing her to drain part of her 401k.
Sot: Kathleen Payne
Unemployed since March 22
“My cousin woks for a lawyer. She’s gotten check after check after check. Why haven’t I received anything, or other people in my situation? How can that happen? How can that fall through the cracks.”
So far, the state has spent more than half of its 4 billion dollar unemployment trust fund.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
THREE MILLION
Edius 1
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise, so do the number of people applying for unemployment. Mike Vasilinda says the system hit two dubious and concerning marks this week.
Supers:
0:00-0:10 Mike Vasilinda
0:22-0:24 Nat sot
0:36-0:49 Sot: Judy Tanzosh
Three Months Unemployed
0:50-1:00 Mike Vasilinda
Anchor Tag: And Judy told Mike she is still due more than ninety-four hundred dollars from the state, but has been unable to access her claim to file for the past due money because the state knows she has gone back to work.
Three Million Look Live Script:
MV:”. The states unemployment system has hit two milestones. It has now passed more than three million claims filed and its paid out more than ten billion dollars.”
About one in six claims filed is a duplicate. But the dashboard shows nearly two and a half million unique Floridians have filed for unemployment. So far, one point seven million have been paid.
Nat sot: “ And I’m very grateful to be back at work.”
Judy Tanzosh, who first filed in late March, went back to work and got her first paycheck before her first check came from the state. She filed a second claim after the initial claim was denied.
Sot: Judy Tanzosh
Three Months Unemployed
“They eventually did approve my PUA claim, but they approved it with a date of June fourteenth, and so they paid me the one hundred twenty five PUA and six hundred Federal, and according to them I am paid in full.”
MV:”And the cases continue grow. for the first half of July, new cases have been averaging about thirty thousand a day.”
Capitol News Service Feed
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
100% Positive
Edius 1
Anchor Lead
Florida crossed the 300,000 mark for cases today and the overall positivity rate since the start of the pandemic has reached 11 percent. But scrutiny over reporting data is causing some to question how accurate that positivity rate truly is, with more than 450 labs reporting 100 percent positivity in the state’s latest report. Jake Stofan has been speaking with labs and hospitals to try and understand what happened.
Supers:
0:00-0:20 Jake Stofan
0:34-0:59 Jake Stofan
Anchor Tag
We first contacted the department of health for comment on this story last night, but have so far not received a response as to whether it believes these reporting errors have impacted the positivity rates it reports to the public.
100% Positive LOOK LIVE
Look Live In
“The hospital and private lab we spoke with declined to appear on camera out of fear of retaliation from the State Department of Health. DOH says some labs have been failing to report their negative results, but the lab said the requirement to report negative cases wasn’t made clear until after questions were raised.”
We obtained this email sent by the Department of Health at 6 PM Tuesday, clarifying that negative test results needed to be reported.
The lab told us previous to that email it had only been asked to report positive cases.
Look Live Out
“Of the more than 450 facilities with zero negative results, only 81 reported more than ten total tests. With the state reporting 3.3 million tests statewide… The lab and hospital we spoke with both agreed, even as they go back to clear up the reporting errors, they find it unlikely it will make any significant change to the overall positivity rate.”

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