The state of Florida forced the scientist to fake data on the spread of coronavirus: After refusing to "manipulate" the scientist was fired
The creator of the coronavirus spreading portal in Florida, Rebekah Jones was fired from her job due to her refusal to manually edit statistics on sick and dead from COVID-19.
As Jones told USA Today, she spent almost 1000 hours creating this dashboard, and even despite the tornado that destroyed her mother’s house, she still continued to work until the day when the Florida Department of Health asked to manually correct the data on her portal, so that the incidence figures do not exceed the permissible rate for reopen the state.
"I worked on it alone, sixteen hours a day for two months, most of which I was never paid for, and now that this has happened I'll probably never get paid for," she wrote in an email, confirming that she had not just been reassigned on May 5, but fired from her job as Geographic Information Systems manager for the Florida Department of Health.
After Rebekah Jones was fired, she left a message to users of the data that from now on, it is impossible to use the portal with absolute certainty, since the information is updated manually.
"They are making a lot of changes. I would advise being diligent in your respective uses of this data," she wrote.
Some scholars and politicians reacted negatively to this event and called the dismissal of Jones "censorship of science."
Right now, we need honest, transparent, and humble governance.— Dr. Lucky Tran (@luckytran) May 19, 2020
When politicians censor scientists and manipulate the numbers, the rest of us suffer.
The only way we get out of this pandemic is with facts, and acting upon the best science we have.
All those Trump Administration tactics for interfering in science? We are about to see a lot more at the state level as states try to justify reopening. We must insist that scientists are protected and reopening is evidence-based. https://t.co/f1hRwJPZnH— Gretchen Goldman, PhD (@GretchenTG) May 19, 2020
Jones' letter about the data inaccuracy in her dashboard caused a stir in society and Governor Ron DeSantis instructed his spokeswoman, Helen Aguirre Ferré, to refute the scientist's words as soon as possible.
“The Florida COVID-19 Dashboard was created by the Geographic Information System (GIS) team in the Division of Disease Control and Health Protection at the Florida Department of Health. Although Rebekah Jones is no longer involved, the GIS team continues to manage and update the Dashboard providing accurate and important information that is publicly accessible,” говорится в заявлении Helen Aguirre Ferré to the Miami Herald.
The Ministry of Health and Governor Ron DeSantis began to rapidly lose credibility in the face of their people, trying to manipulate data in favor of their own plans and censoring science.
The Department of Health has not given any comments at this time.