Florida Health Department Data Manager Fired After Refusing to Low-Ball COVID-19 Cases

Florida Department of Health data manager Rebekah Jones was removed from her position on May 5 after objecting to low-balling COVID-19 cases on the Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard website.

The COVID-19 dashboard is the official source for data about the coronavirus in the Sunshine State.

The Tampa Bay Times obtained internal emails that show “department staff gave the order shortly after reporters requested the same data from the agency on May 5.”

Jones said in an email to WPEC that her removal was “not voluntary” and that she was removed from her position because she was ordered to censor some data, but refused to “manually change data to drum up support for the plan to reopen.”

A spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Jones had been fired.

Jones said that since she’s been fired, the COVID-19 dashboard still hasn’t been fully repaired.

(Sources: Tampa Bay Times, WPEC)

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