A Florida data scientist who claimed that he was fired by the state for not coronavirus figures going to the doctor, published his own COVID-19 map.
Former state Department of Health employee Rebekah Jones said she was fired because she refused to “manually change the data to provide support for the reopening of the plan.”
Now the entrepreneur Sunshine Stater own map, similar Version of Florida, Apart from an important additional detail: the map contains report cards as to whether it meets its own criteria to enter the next stage of reopening for each state.
Jones said he hopes to give NPR a reliable source of information that is not protected by reopening policies.
“I think I am well equipped to try to help with this,” he said, “that’s what I do. I just don’t want people to panic. I don’t want anyone to be afraid or feel weak. “
According to Jones’s calculations, only four of Florida’s 67 counties are ready to relax coronavirus restrictions.
He said he was trying to add report cards to the province’s own data portal, but health department officials dropped this feature when they realized that it had negatively affected the state’s progress.
“When I went to show them what the report card would say for each district, they asked me to delete the report card, among other things, because it showed that almost no county was ready to reopen,” Told npr. “And they didn’t want to draw attention to that.”
A senior asked him to enter the data behind the map and change the numbers so that the state’s coronavirus positivity rate would change from 18 percent to 10 percent, indicating that the state met its reopening goal.
It entered Stage 1 of its reopening on May 4 in all counties except Florida, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. The government eased the restrictions again on 5 June, when it announced that the districts entered Stage 2.
However, the state is currently experiencing a marked revival in cases.
Florida, currently one of the country’s harshest states, recorded more than 2,500 new cases in a 24-hour window from Friday to Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins data. He recorded more than 75,000 confirmed cases and approximately 3,000 deaths.
Jones attributed the dark behavior of the state to failure rather than an active conspiracy.
“To me, he didn’t read like some kind of political conspiracy or higher directive,” says Jones. “When I brought these results, those who waited were waiting for the results that would support their plan, and they did not appear, they seemed to be panicked, and they had to find a way to adjust the results to the plan. “
Florida’s Department of Health did not respond to a request to post a Comment.