It is not the "government" but us taxpayers instead.The problem with the CDC and their numbers is I don't trust their numbers!
My son works in a hospital. Any patient who has any simptom and is tested for Covid19 is presumed to have it [Till the test comes back with a result]. All presumed cases are counted on the CDC form, But there is no mechanism to remove those that are negative. and no interest in doing so. There is funding available for treating Covid patient's. The funds cover both the hospital and patients costs! With the government footing the cost, Why report anything else?
I don't know if they are doing this nationally, state wide, or just locally. But it makes me not trust anything I read about Covid 19. DR