Members of the U.S. House Democratic Delegation in Florida have accused Governor Ron DeSantis of altering the state’s COVID-19 data to speed up the reopening.
Representatives Lois Frankel, Ted Deutch, Donna Shalala, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Debbie Murcasel-Powell spoke up after Rebekah Jones, a scientist and the creator of COVID-19 data portal in Florida, had said that she was fired on May 5th after refusing to doctor information in favor of the reopening.
“We had to fight with the state when they tried to block information about the nursing home cases and deaths in nursing homes, we had to fight with the state over medical examiner numbers and why they’re not including deaths from people who are not from Florida,” said Deutch, noting that accurate data is crucial for the reasoning behind any decision-making. “It’s one thing after another.”
The governor’s office has yet to comment on that press conference.
DeSantis claimed that Jones was fired for “a bunch of different reasons.”
But Jones was not the first one to start a discussion about the alleged COVID-19 data manipulation in Florida. For instance, back in April several state media outlets filed a lawsuit demanding the official reveal of coronavirus deaths at prisons and assisted living facilities.
Gov. DeSantis keeps claiming that nothing about the data has ever been manipulated, calling it “available,” “transparent” and “the absolute best.”