The woman who said she was fired from the Florida Health Department for refusing to alter coronavirus statistics is now publishing data on her own
Rebekah Jones claimed that Florida had counted down the number of COVID-19 cases and launched her own portal.
Florida's Community Coronavirus Dashboard / Rebekah Jones, Florida's COVID-19 Data / Florida Department of Health
Rebekah Jones, the Florida woman who ran the state's COVID-19 data portal, which was released by the state health ministry in May, launched its own portal with data on COVID-19 cases in Florida, the Washington Post reported.
Jones’s new portal, Florida's Community Coronavirus Dashboard, is said to draw data from the Florida Health Department, government hospitals, and an organization that locates COVID-19 test facilities.
Jones was released from the Florida Health Department after claiming that she refused to resign after being asked to change dates to make certain regions appear to have met the reopening requirements.
On Saturday, Florida reported 2,581 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours - an all-time high.
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Rebekah Jones, the 30-year-old woman released by the Florida Department of Health after saying she was asked and refused to change the state's COVID-19 data, launched her own personal data portal for on Thursday the state, The Washington Post reported.
Their website, entitled Florida’s Community Cornavirus Dashboard, launched on Thursday. The portal relies on data from the FDOH, Jones told the Washington Post, despite saying that it aggregates the data and presents it in a manner that appropriately contextualizes it.
Jones also said that her portal also retrieves data from government hospitals and an organization that maps COVID-19 test sites.
"I wanted to create an application that delivers data, helps people test, and helps them get the resources they need from their community," she told the Washington Post. "And that's exactly what I created with this new dashboard."
According to the report, Jones claims that her FDOH managers asked her to delete data that showed Florida residents had tested positive for COVID-19 in January, apparently in contradiction to Governor Ron DeSantis’s allegations dated March states that there are no reports of community widespread in Florida.
Jones said she was asked to change dates to make it appear that certain districts that had not yet met the required federal criteria were ready to begin reopening closed companies and institutions.
According to the Saturday report, the Florida website has counted the amount of infections and the number of people tested. The Florida Department of Health did not immediately return Insider's request for comments on Saturday.
DeSantis’s communications director, Helen Aguirre Ferré, previously told Business Insider that because of "repeated insubordination" and her "apparent disregard for the 24-hour workforce who provided the critical information for the COVID-19 website, Jones was released. ""
A spokesman told the Washington Post on Saturday that the January dates Jones mentioned could represent if someone came into contact with a COVID-19 positive person or if the person visited the place where they might be familiar with the novel Coronavirus has infected.
"Epidemiologists collect information that informs the Department of Health about symptoms, contacts, and the location of a person where they may have acquired COVID-19," the spokesman told the Washington Post. "The first date of entry in response to a question whether COVID-related or not is known as the event date."
According to Jones, the number of COVID-19 tests performed is excessive because it represents the number of samples taken and not the number of people tested. According to the state portal, a total of 1,371,401 people were tested. According to Jones' calculation, approximately 300,000 fewer people - 1,078,088 - were tested in Florida.
According to Jones' portal, 81,269 people in Florida have tested COVID-19 positive since early March. The official portal reports that 73,552 have been infected with the virus so far. Jones informed the Washington Post that their portal considers positive antibody tests, while the state portal only counts people who tested positive for the virus at the time of the test.
On Friday, DeSantis attributed the increasing number of COVID-19 infections and deaths to state farm workers in the state, although farm workers and the state's prison population are unlikely to be responsible for the total of 1,902 new cases on Friday. Most of the day in Florida through Saturday.
The state reported 2,581 new cases and 48 new deaths since Friday, according to the Miami Herald.
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