Rebekah Jones was fired from her job at the Florida Department of Health in May after she refused to manipulate state coronavirus data. Now, she’s made a coronavirus case dashboard of her own.

Her portal reflects the state’s data to some degree, but her dashboard shows only 2 of 67 counties show numbers that signify a safe reopening. It’s the same data she was working with and showing for the state, but the results didn’t match the state’s political desires to reopen.

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Florida started Phase 1 reopening on May 4 in all but 3 counties and then started Phase 2 on June 5. Daily cases are now rising in the state, with over 73,000 cases and 3,000 deaths. Jones cautions that the Florida data is misleading.

“When I went to show them what the report card would say for each county, among other things, they asked me to delete the report card because it showed that no counties, pretty much, were ready for reopening,” she says. “And they didn’t want to draw attention to that,” Jones said a supervisor asked her to change the positivity rating to 10%, down from the true figure of 18%.

Experts are now using Jones’ dashboard instead of the state’s because they find it more comprehensive. Cindy Prins, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Florida, said of the data, “There’s some data on there that either wasn’t on the Florida COVID-19 DOH dashboard or was available and maybe wasn’t presented in the same way that it’s being presented now … You’re just getting a bigger picture of what’s going on.”

Jones’ dashboard is available here.

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