Florida combines PCR and antigen tests in the total tests figure reported on the state's dashboard (first noted July 2, 2020). We include data about Florida non-residents in all metrics where possible. For some metrics, we use machine queries against the Florida Department of Health's raw data, which may not be displayed on its dashboard.
On March 21, 2020, Florida began including tests of people not investigated as PUIs in its Negative PCR tests metric.
Since May 15, 2020, Florida reports total tests in unique people and in unique people tested per lab. For that latter number, if an individual is tested twice by one lab, they only get counted once, but if an individual gets tested twice at different labs, they get counted twice. We store the former value in Total PCR Tests (People), and the latter value, which does not match any of our totals units, in Total Tests (PCR), our specimens field, where we also store testing data with unclear units. This value does not represent the number of specimens.
As of July 10, 2020, Florida reports Now hospitalized data for those patients with a "primary diagnosis of COVID-19."
On August 12, 2020, the Florida Department of Health reported via Twitter that it had received a large backlog of testing data from Niznik Lab Corp in Miami: "The lab reported over 4000 cases occurring over the last 7 weeks, but which had not been reported to FDOH until today. Therefore, this backlog severely skews today's daily report for Miami-Dade and is not reflective of current trends."
On September 1, 2020, the Florida Department of Health announced that Quest Diagnostics had reported nearly 75,000 backlogged tests dating as far back as April.
Per reporting, the number of pending tests (available in our API and CSVs) may include only results from public labs, and may therefore be an undercount.