Claims Of Florida COVID Cover-Up Fall Apart
Rebekah Jones, the data scientist who helped create Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard, accused Florida of covering up the number of COVID deaths they had in the state.
She was later arrested and charged with one count of “offenses against users of computers, computer systems, computer networks, and electronic devices.”
Jones has said she lost her job after refusing requests to manipulate data to suggest Florida was ready to ease coronavirus restrictions. Jones says she’s being punished for continuing to speak out about how Gov. Ron DeSantis is handling COVID-19, citing her arrest and a raid on her home last month.
FDLE said in its statement that “evidence retrieved from a search warrant on December 7 shows that Jones illegally accessed the system sending a message to approximately 1,750 people and downloaded confidential FDOH data and saved it to her devices.”
According to Jones, Florida investigators “found no evidence” related to the incident that officials said had triggered the raid: a chat message that was sent to a planning group on an emergency alert platform, urging people to speak out publicly about Florida’s coronavirus strategies. She wrote on Twitter on Saturday, “police did find documents I received/downloaded from sources in the state, or something of that nature.”
It turns out she is lying.
According to a new inspector general report, the claims made by Jones were “unsubstantiated” and “unfounded.”
Claims by a former Florida Department of Health employee that officials told her to misrepresent the state’s COVID-19 numbers online were “unsubstantiated” and “unfounded,” according to a new state inspector general’s report, ending Rebekah Jones’ “whistleblower” status she was granted last year.
A copy of the 27-page report from the Florida Department of Health’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) was obtained by NBC, who reported and published it on Thursday.
The OIG report found “insufficient” or no evidence to support Jones’ accusations she was asked to falsify or misrepresent COVID-19 positivity rates on the state’s online dashboard, which she helped develop.