Coronavirus

Former Florida data official creates her own COVID-19 site that shows more cases than state reports

Healthcare workers place a nasal swab from a patient into a tube for testing at the Brightpoint Health and UJA-Federation of New York free pop-up coronavirus (COVID-19) testing site on May 8, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 8, 2020 approved the first diagnostic test for coronavirus using saliva samples collected at home. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNN) — The data official behind Florida’s Covid-19 dashboard says she has launched her own dashboard after being removed from the state’s project.

Rebekah Jones was removed from the state’s scrutinized dashboard project after she questioned other officials’ commitment to accessibility and transparency, according to Florida Today.

Last month, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis contested Jones’ claims. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) said she had “exhibited a repeated course of insubordination” during her tenure there.

Jones’s website floridacovidaction.com “is paid for entirely by donations,” the fundraising portion of the site says. “Florida deserves a community based dashboard that doesn’t hide or fudge numbers,” the page says.

Jones’ dashboard looks very similar to DOH website.

However, Jones parallels her data alongside DOH’s coronavirus numbers, which are much lower, according to the website.

“DOH publishes total cases, not positive people,” the website says. “Additionally, cases are not currently created for those who receive positive antibody test results, and so DOH excludes them from that total. We show the total number of people who have definitive lab results showing they have or have had COVID-19 regardless of the type of test.”

The new dashboard also shows report cards on where each county stands on reopening.

The community dashboard reported 83,270 positive cases with 3,022 deaths since March 1 while the state dashboard reported 75,568 total positives and 2,931 deaths as of Monday morning. Both dashboard’s include data for residents and non-residents of Florida.

CNN has reached out to a spokesperson for Governor Ron DeSantis and the DOH.

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