Fired Florida Data Chief Building School COVID-19 Database, Seeks Funding
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Fired Florida Data Scientist Rebekah Jones is building a national database to monitor COVID-19 in schools. The database could provide a look at what Governors may not want you to see — the infection rate in specific elementary, middle and high schools.
Jones, responsible for Florida’s official COVID-19 public database, was fired when she says she was told to suppress data to make Florida’s situation look better than it was. Gov. DeSantis confirms that she was fired for not following direction. Jones is now suing DeSantis in a whistleblower lawsuit.
After leaving her official post, Jones created her own database that pulls from public data streams — some of which are not publicized by Florida’s Department of Health. Her database often paints what is considered to be a more realistic look at Florida’s infection and death rates than what DeSantis and his lieutenants report. She has raised more than $200,000 in donations to keep the site active. Jones is now soliciting $20 for all users to create a national school database.
BocaNewsNow.com does not traditionally encourage our readers to donate to anything, but we are making the exception in this case. Knowledge is power. Next to a facial covering, information is the most effective way to get COVID-19 under control We strongly support Jones’ efforts to make sure children and parents know what’s happening in schools — especially when stories emerge like the suspension of a Georgia student, blasted by school officials for sharing photos of crowded hallways full of unmasked kids.
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