Florida medical examiners were releasing COVID-19 death data. The state made them stop.

I guess that’s one way to flatten the curve:

Officials have stopped releasing the list of coronavirus deaths being compiled by Florida’s medical examiners, which has at times shown a higher death toll than the state’s published count. Dr. Stephen Nelson, ME for Polk, said the policy change came after the state health department intervened.

The list had previously been released in real time by the state Medical Examiners Commission. But earlier this month, after 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, state officials said the list needed to be reviewed and possibly redacted.

They’ve now been withholding it for 10 days, without providing any of the information or specifying what they plan to remove.