The outspoken architect of Florida’s nationally praised COVID-19 dashboard was fired Tuesday after going public with her concerns about the Department of Health’s commitment to “accessibility and transparency.”
“Rebekah Jones exhibited a repeated course of insubordination during her time with the department, including her unilateral decisions to modify the department’s COVID-19 dashboard without input or approval from the epidemiological team or her supervisors,” spokeswoman for Gov. Ron DeSantis, Helen Aguirre Ferré, said. “The blatant disrespect for the professionals who were working around the clock to provide the important information for the COVID-19 website was harmful to the team. Accuracy and transparency are always indispensable, especially during an unprecedented public health emergency such as COVID-19. Having someone disruptive cannot be tolerated during this public pandemic, which led the department to determine that it was best to terminate her employment.”
Director of Communications for the Governor's office says Rebekah Jones has until Thurs. to resign or be fired. In an email she clarifies a previous statement made regarding "a level of accessibility" and a recent hiatus from her position. https://t.co/326VEy4l7u— Renata Di Gregorio (@RenataFCNews) May 20, 2020
Jones had previously been pursuing a doctoral degree in geography at Florida State University, where she was enrolled from the fall of 2016 through the spring of 2018. While there, a romantic relationship between Jones and a former student turned contentious and she currently faces a criminal stalking charge that is awaiting trial next month.
“Jones said Tuesday that she was offered a settlement & the option to resign in lieu of being fired, effective May 26.”— Gwen Graham (@GwenGraham) May 20, 2020
In other words, the @GovRonDeSantis Administration tried to buy Rebekah Jones’ silence.
Clearly, @HealthyFla must have a lot to hide.https://t.co/mrdGVpqufM
Everyone went into freakout mode after Rebekah Jones claimed she was fired because she wouldn't manipulate data for the Florida COVID-19 dashboard. She admitted her May 5 email was misconstrued and it turns out she was fired for insubordination. https://t.co/KMbe5M1oAY pic.twitter.com/TqLhv4PtFZ— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) May 20, 2020
One of the things I got wrong about COVID-19 was believing the media narrative about Florida in mid-March. And now, as Florida has clearly turned the corner, the media is pushing a leftwing fever dream that Florida is rigging the data. It is shameful. https://t.co/838VACg9er— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) May 20, 2020