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Fired Florida employee receives whistleblower status

A former Florida Department of Health employee has received whistleblower status a year after being fired for repeatedly violating the agency’s policy about communicating with the media. The employee, Rebekah Jones, had raised questions about Florida’s COVID-19 data after being ousted as the data’s curator. State officials said she was fired for insubordination after being […]

FDLE announces the arrest of Rebekah Jones, COVID-19 scientist

Authorities announced the arrest of former COVID-19 data scientist  Rebekah Jones. Jones, 31, posted on Twitter on Saturday that she planned to turn herself in to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to avoid a police confrontation like the one experienced by her family in December. In their announcement, FDLE said Jones is accused of […]

Former state employee sues Florida over search warrant

A former Florida Department of Health employee sued the state on Monday over a search warrant executed on her house after investigators said they identified a message sent from a computer at the address to health department employees. Rebekah Jones, who was fired in May for insubordination after repeatedly violating department policy about communicating with […]

DeSantis appointee quits over raid on ex-state worker’s home

A man appointed to a commission that recommends judicial appointments to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has resigned citing the search warrant served on a former Department of Health employee who has criticized the state’s COVID-19 data. Ron Filipowski announced his resignation from the 12th Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission on Twitter on Tuesday, saying a raid […]

Florida agents raid home of ousted COVID-19 data curator

Florida authorities investigating an alleged hack into the state’s emergency response system raided the home Monday of a woman fired earlier this year from her job as COVID-19 data curator. Florida Department of Law Enforcement said that Rebekah Jones, who was fired for unauthorized public comments about the data in May, has been under investigation […]

Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard creator fired after claims about manipulating data

The creator of Florida’s dashboard that illustrates cases of the coronavirus said she was forced out of the job for refusing to manipulate data, and the governor’s office said Tuesday she has been fired for “insubordination.” The dashboard just one month ago was singled out as an example of transparency by Dr. Deborah Birx, a […]