Rebekah Jones

Records Lawsuit Targets Florida Over COVID-19 Data

Sep 1, 2021

A Democratic state lawmaker and a non-profit group have filed a lawsuit alleging the Florida Department of Health has violated public-records laws by refusing to provide detailed data about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, and the Florida Center for Government Accountability filed the lawsuit late Monday in Leon County circuit court, after the department rebuffed requests for information.

Former Health Department data analyst Rebekah Jones kicked off her campaign for Florida’s 1st Congressional District last week with a small, private gathering inside her Pensacola Beach rental home.

About a dozen people attended the event Thursday which included a buffet-style dinner and homemade cupcakes from Jones. The candidate didn’t make a stump speech, but sat on the back porch of the rental home and answered questions and talked about her platform.

Former Florida COVID map manager Rebekah Jones announced via Instagram Tuesday she plans to challenge U.S House Representative Matt Gaetz during the 2022 election cycle. Hours later, in a separate Instagram message, Jones appeared to walk back her declaration. This comes a day after her Twitter account was suspended.

Twitter has suspended the account of former Department of Health COVID-19 data analyst Rebekah Jones. In email correspondence with WFSU, Jones says she posted a Miami Herald article, "a few dozen times too many and got auto-flagged for spam."

Former Florida Data Analyst Rebekah Jones Drops Civil Lawsuit

Feb 9, 2021
WFSU

Former Florida Department of Health data analyst Rebekah Jones is dropping a civil lawsuit alleging that state law-enforcement agents violated her rights when they searched her home and hauled away computer equipment in December.

Data Scientist Turns Self In After Warrant Issued

Jan 19, 2021

Former state COVID-19 data scientist Rebekah Jones turned herself into the Leon County Jail after law enforcement officials issued a warrant for her arrest on allegations that she illegally accessed a Florida Department of Health computer system.

Court records show that Jones, who was fired by the Department of Health last year, was released from jail Monday morning after posting a bail bond, which was set at $2,500. She turned herself in Sunday.

Judge Defers Ordering Return Of Computers, Phone To Self-Described COVID Whistleblower

Jan 14, 2021
Fresh Take Florida

A judge in Tallahassee declined Wednesday to order Florida criminal investigators to return computers, phones and other electronics seized from a former state data scientist who has accused Gov. Ron DeSantis of manipulating public information about the pandemic for political purposes.

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Rebekah Jones via Twitter

A fired Florida Department of Health data analyst who contends Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has manipulated COVID-19 statistics filed a lawsuit Sunday alleging state law-enforcement agents violated her rights when they searched her home and hauled away computer equipment.

Heather Huffman speaking at the podium next to a sign language interpreter. Inside of the Clay County board of commissioners room
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Clay County’s recently reported COVID-19 case numbers have been fluctuating in the state’s online database. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, holds up a graph concerning COVID-19 cases in Florida as he speaks about opening businesses.
John Raoux / Associated Press

A Jacksonville-based data scientist says the way Florida presents COVID-19 data to the public is misleading, and he worries it’s being done deliberately to help support efforts to reopen the state.