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On May 18, 2020, Jones was fired from her position at the Florida Department of Health. According to Jones, state officials pressured her to strategically align COVID-19 case data with Florida’s goal to reopen the state. The Associated Pressreported that Jones’ public remarks led to her firing; the report cited state records detailing repeated warnings by her supervisor not to publicly discuss her work without permission.
Rebekah Jones – Geographer & Environmental Enthusiast (geojones.org)
Was State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees also fires?
State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees issued a Public Health Advisory rescinding the public health advisories issued on March 25, 2020, June 22, 2020, July 21, 2020 and January 21, 2021. The Public Health Advisory also expands vaccine access and eligibility to any individual in Florida who is present in Florida for the purpose of providing goods or services for the benefit of residents and visitors of the state. Finally, the Public Health Advisory encourages government offices to conduct in-person operations and services.
As Florida tries to move past the COVID-19 crisis and reopen businesses and venues, the former manager of the state’s novel coronavirus data project alleges she was fired for refusing to cook the numbers and make the state look better. Rebekah Jones said Friday she was removed from her position, local outlet Florida Today was the first to report.
Ousted scientist says she was asked to manipulate Florida …
After more than a year of setting aside his last doctor, DeSantis announced that Ladapo will have his new surgeon general on September 21. It is not difficult to see why. After earning a BA from Wake Forest University, Ladapo earned a Ph.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He then went on to teach at NYU and UCLA School of Medicine. Prior to his appointment to Florida, Ladapo was working as an associate professor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.
But it is not his resume that led DeSantis to choose Ladapo, but his open and blatant battle with the scientific community over the pandemic. In July 2020, he was one of many doctors on the steps of the Supreme Court promoting hydroxychloroquine and protesting the mask mandates. He has also been promoting ivermectin as a treatment method lately, saying the vaccines were more dangerous “than advertised.” In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, he also said that taking children out of school is detrimental to public health.
As you can guess, many of these ideas are exactly what DeSantis promotes. Despite the genuine threat of the virus, DeSantis wants children to go to schools without restrictions and for masks and vaccines to be a purely personal choice. So naturally, he chose Ladapo to take over as surgeon general, which quickly escalated Florida’s battle against science. He is reportedly on a two-year contract along with a concurrent position at the University of Florida School of Medicine.
Florida’s Surgeon General Says Students with Covid Can Go to School
While many conservative states have been fighting the mask and vaccine mandates, Florida has been at the forefront of the war on science. Recently, Governor Ron DeSantis has been fighting school districts over masks mandates, and a judge ruled against DeSantis in early September. A doctor was caught taking advantage of that battle, offering parents $ 50 opt-out letters. Meanwhile, business owners have joined in, too, and some have banned masked customers from their store.
To help continue his fight, DeSantis recently appointed Ladapo as the state’s surgeon general, a move that has generated wide controversy even before his ruling. The appointment has sparked fears of a massive increase in Covid cases in Flordia, which already has one of the highest in the United States.
Ladapo’s ‘Positive Approach
“We are going to have a positive approach,” Ladapo announced at the September 21 conference, which we took a look at a day later. The Surgeon General announced a new rule directed at schools. From now on, families will have “sole discretion” over the masking and quarantine of their children, not schools. He also adds that a child exposed to Covid-19 can continue to attend school, “without restrictions or unequal treatment, as long as the student remains asymptomatic.
The rule was endorsed by DeSantis, who said it aimed to avoid “quarantining healthy students,” which would be “detrimental to their educational advancement.” He said the state would follow a “symptom-based approach,” although most cases have no symptoms. In addition to rendering schools powerless, he also dismissed any legal challenges DeSantis has been fighting over the past few weeks. “I don’t see any leeway in doing anything other than dismissing this case,” said Judge Brian Newman, who was overseeing the case about the masks mandate ban brought in by school districts.
In addition to this, Ladapo also criticized vaccines, despite the proof that they work. “It’s been treated almost like a religion, and that just doesn’t make sense,” he said, adding that they were getting “too much publicity.” The ruling has left parents and educators fearful for their health and safety, but with few options to defend themselves. As of Sept. 21, Florida reported a seven-day average of 9,112 cases with more than 85,000 people in the hospital, of which 24,161 were in intensive care.