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Pensacola Beach, Florida, U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily F. Alley

Florida Ousts Top COVID-19 Data Scientist May 19, 2020
6:22 PM ET by GREG ALLEN https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/05/19/859119865/florida-ousts-top-covid-19-data-scientist

They can, and probably will, simply hire a foreign H1B worker who will have no qualms about lying and manipulating the data to undercount cases and deaths. Remember that due to world overpopulation and the high levels of US immigration, American lives have zero value. Immigration even dilutes the value of your vote.

U.S. Rep. Castor Demands Answers from DeSantis, Rivkees on Removal of Florida’s COVID-19 Data Chief Calls the lack of transparency in public reporting of vital information “a troubling pattern”
Washington, May 19, 2020
Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) urged Governor Ron DeSantis and Surgeon General Scott Rivkees to provide answers regarding the apparent firing of Rebekah Jones, the geographic information system manager for Department of Health’s Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, who manages the State’s Coronavirus data portal.

“Amidst pressure to “reopen” the state regardless of data and science, transparency is vital to keeping our neighbors safe and ensuring that they have confidence that our government is reporting honestly,” said Castor. “I am requesting immediate answers as to why Ms. Jones was fired and how the State intends to fully report all COVID-19 public health data without censorship by the Department of Health or anyone else. Floridians, scientists and public health experts need accurate and timely information regarding infections, testing, disparities and mortalities in order to make the best decisions about going to work, going to school and going out in public.  The state’s lack of transparency around COVID-19 public health data is troubling and unwise.  It is vital to help us keep our neighbors safe and that they have confidence that our government is reporting honestly.

“As steps are taken to reopen our economy, it is imperative that we have easily accessible, detailed and protected data available to help our neighbors make decisions for their families, fight this pandemic and start building back our economy – but only when it is safe to do so. You both must commit to providing this data in a credible and transparent manner, so Floridians and our public health experts have the information they need in this fight.”

Just last week, Rep. Castor questioned the demotion of Dr. Rick Bright by the Trump Administration. Dr. Bright also fought for transparency and a more urgent emergency response from federal health officials before he was unceremoniously “reassigned”.

The letter can be found here and below: https://castor.house.gov/uploadedfiles/ltr_to_desantis_and_rivkees_re_data_transparency.pdf
The Honorable Ron DeSantis, Scott Rivkees, M.D.
RE: Concerning Lack of Transparency and Likely Suppression of COVID-19 Public Health Information – Urge Answers Regarding Firing of State Public Health Data Scientist

Dear Gov. DeSantis and Surgeon General Rivkees,

I am very concerned to learn of reports that Rebekah Jones, the geographic information system manager for Department of Health’s Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, who manages the State’s Coronavirus data portal, was removed from her job. She has raised serious concerns about the lack of transparency of COVID-19 data being reported by the State of Florida.

According to reports, she advised, “As a word of caution, I would not expect the new team to continue the same level of accessibility and transparency that I made central to the process during the first two months. After all, my commitment to both is largely (arguably entirely) the reason I am no longer managing it.”

This appears to be a troubling pattern by the State of Florida. The State previously withheld important data regarding nursing home infections and deaths, and overall mortality data reported by Medical Examiners across the State. Floridians, scientists and public health experts need accurate and timely information regarding infections, testing, disparities and mortalities in order to make the best decisions about going to work, going to school and going out in public. The State’s lack of transparency around COVID-19 public health data is troubling and unwise. It is vital to help us keep our neighbors safe and that they have confidence that our government is reporting honestly. Therefore, I respectfully request immediate answers as to why Ms. Jones was fired and how the State intends to fully report all COVID-19 public health data without censorship by the Department of Health or anyone else.

As steps are taken to reopen our economy, it is imperative that we have easily accessible, detailed and protected data available to help our neighbors make decisions for their families, fight this pandemic and start building back our economy – but only when it is safe to do so. You both must commit to providing this data in a credible and transparent manner, so Floridians and our public health experts have the information they need in this fight.
Sincerely,
https://castor.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=403302

Note that France has a 19.6% Case fatality rate for Covid-19: https://dashboard.covid19.data.gouv.fr/vue-d-ensemble?location=FRA Covid-19 is actually SARS version 2 (SARS CoV-2). The case fatality rate for SARS (SARS CoV), in 2003, was apparently close to the French case fatality rate, according to this article (and some other articles): “SARS case-fatality rates” by Wing K. Fung and Philip L.H. Yu, Canadian Medical Association Journal https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC180638/
Remember that France is highly centralized and they have something similar to Medicare for All, and they are counting nursing home deaths. Lombardy (Italy) has a slightly lower case fatality rate, but they haven’t counted all of the nursing home deaths, yet.

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