Former Florida Data Official Rebekah Jones on State Manipulating COVID-19 Data
Florida’s COVID-19 cases continue to surge, making it one of the new hotspots in the country. In testimony to Congress this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci said…
"Their change in language and reporting doesn’t affect how many beds are available. And to say someone who is in an intensive care unit and doesn’t require intensive care and could essentially be kicked out of an ICU bed, if someone needed it, that kind of situation only happens if the immediate care beds are full. There would be nowhere to kick that person out to. And it’s a really irresponsible way to look at patient level care,” said Jones on Sundial."
Sounds like they are counting ICU beds as 'empty' if they decide that the person doesn't actually need to be in the bed. Hospitals here don't work like that. If a person doesn't need an ICU bed, they don't get one. If they have one, it is because they need it.
On reporting of cases:
"So over the last week or so, several hundred to potentially over a thousand cases have actually been deleted from the DOH data. So now on the home page of my dashboard, I put a special marker for counties where from one day to the next, they actually lost cases. So I make sure that that information is known. It is, unfortunately, the only means that we have of getting confirmed positive information about residents in Florida. We have to work with that. We have to understand its limitations and its nuances. And I've worked really hard to kind of explain those on the dashboard."
Here is Jones' dashboard:
According to her there are 117 480 positive cases while the official number is at 109 014.