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  • DeSantis administration fires COVID-19 data guru for ‘insubordination’

    DeSantis administration fires COVID-19 data guru for ‘insubordination’

    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.”

    H/T: miamiherald

    “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.”

    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.

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