Correction to correction request description

Our description of our correction request published to the website on Sept. 14, 2021 contained errors based on false conclusions we drew about CDC data.

Zebra Fact Check sought a correction from Repustar/FactSparrow based on our belief it had failed to distinguish between CDC statistics on new hospital admissions and hospitalizations.

In fact, Zebra Fact Check erred its interpretation of CDC data. Our misunderstanding was premised on the expectation the CDC would use consistent terminology in referring to hospitalized patients. Beyond that, we missed the significance of the disclaimer on the the CDC’s “COVID-NET” page and its “Weekly Summary of U.S. COVID-19 Hospitalization Data.” Despite the title of the page, the data on the page represent a subset of U.S. hospitals.

Excuses aside, we regret the error.

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