CNN: Florida police raid home of former state Covid-19 data scientist

CNN: Florida police raid home of former state Covid-19 data scientist. “About 10 officers with guns drawn showed up to her Tallahassee home around 8:30 a.m., [Rebekah] Jones said. A video taken from a camera in her house, which she posted on social media, showed an officer pointing a gun up a stairwell as Jones told him her two children were upstairs. Jones said that the officer was pointing his gun at her 2-year-old daughter, 11-year-old son and her husband, who she said were in the stairwell, although the video doesn’t make that clear.”

The Guardian: Florida newspaper investigation finds state government misled public on Covid as cases rose

The Guardian: Florida newspaper investigation finds state government misled public on Covid as cases rose. “Florida [the week of December 4] became the third US state to record a million coronavirus cases and yet the public there has been misled by state leadership about the extent and dangers of the pandemic, especially in the run-up to the presidential election, an investigation has concluded.”

Secrecy and spin: How Florida’s governor misled the public on the COVID-19 pandemic (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Secrecy and spin: How Florida’s governor misled the public on the COVID-19 pandemic. “Throughout the COVID-19 crisis in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration engaged in a pattern of spin and concealment that misled the public on the gravest health threat the state has ever faced, a South Florida Sun Sentinel investigation has found.”

Orlando Weekly: Florida Gov. DeSantis extends order banning local COVID-related shutdowns, restrictions and mask mandates

Orlando Weekly: Florida Gov. DeSantis extends order banning local COVID-related shutdowns, restrictions and mask mandates. “The two-page extension, issued before the Thanksgiving holiday, said the state ‘continues to suffer economic harm as a result of COVID-19 related closures, exacerbating the impacts of the State of Emergency, and Floridians should not be prohibited by local governments from working or operating a business.’ The extension is slated to last as long as Florida remains under a state of emergency during the pandemic.”

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Where to find free meals in South Florida during the coronavirus pandemic

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Where to find free meals in South Florida during the coronavirus pandemic. “With the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the community, one of the biggest growing concerns has been putting food on the table. Broward and Palm Beach County Public Schools along with other organizations have teamed up to make sure that families don’t go to sleep hungry. Here are some of the organizations offering free meals.”

Miami Herald: Facing COVID surge, Florida mayors ask DeSantis for mask mandate, more local control

Miami Herald: Facing COVID surge, Florida mayors ask DeSantis for mask mandate, more local control. “As the holidays approach — and threaten to worsen a nationwide coronavirus surge — the mayors of five Florida cities and municipalities met Wednesday to request that Gov. Ron DeSantis impose a statewide mask mandate, ramp up the state’s testing effort and reinstate the authority of local governments to impose coronavirus restrictions as needed.”

Florida Sun-Sentinel: As coronavirus cases climb in Florida, health department top spokesperson resigns

Florida Sun-Sentinel: As coronavirus cases climb in Florida, health department top spokesperson resigns. “With the pandemic worsening in Florida, the person in charge of reminding residents to wear a mask and stay six feet apart has abruptly resigned. Alberto Moscoso, the chief public information officer for the Florida Department of Health throughout the pandemic, bowed out Nov. 6 amid a reshuffling of personnel at the state agency. He would not elaborate on why he left, or where he was going.”

Herald-Tribune: New website promotes Florida arts groups

Herald-Tribune: New website promotes Florida arts groups. “Arts groups across Florida, particularly those in the Sarasota area, are getting a little promotional help from WUSF Public Media, the Tampa-based public radio station that has launched a new streaming hub of performances and behind-the-scenes activities…. Most of the Sarasota-area performing arts organizations are featured on the site, from Asolo Repertory Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre, to the Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, The Sarasota Ballet, The Venice Symphony, Urbanite Theatre, Theatre Odyssey, The Players Centre for Performing Arts and New Music New College.”

Florida Politics: Rick Scott quarantines after exposure to COVID-19 Friday night

Florida Politics: Rick Scott quarantines after exposure to COVID-19 Friday night. “Florida Sen. Rick Scott has announced via Twitter that he will quarantine immediately after coming into contact with an individual who later tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday night. The Senator said he was tested Saturday morning, and the result came back negative, but he will still be quarantining ‘out of an abundance of caution.’ Scott said he has no symptoms as of this morning. It is unclear currently if either party was wearing a mask.”

Democrats to DeSantis: Rescind job offer to coronavirus conspiracy theorist (Tampa Bay Times)

Tampa Bay Times: Democrats to DeSantis: Rescind job offer to coronavirus conspiracy theorist. “Nearly all members of Florida’s Democratic congressional delegation sent a letter Thursday to Gov. Ron DeSantis demanding that he remove Kyle Lamb, an Ohio sports blogger who has spread coronavirus conspiracy theories on the Internet, from his position as a data analyst at the governor’s office.”

Tampa Bay Times: Meet the Uber-driving, conspiracy theorist blogger who DeSantis just hired

Tampa Bay Times: Meet the Uber-driving, conspiracy theorist blogger who DeSantis just hired. “When Gov. Ron DeSantis needed to hire a data analyst, his staff picked a little-known Ohio sports blogger and Uber driver whose only relevant experience is spreading harmful conspiracy theories about COVID-19 on the Internet. In his own words, Kyle Lamb has few qualifications for the job at the state’s Office of Policy and Budget, which pays $40,000 per year.”

Local 10: Coronavirus cases confirmed at 360+ schools across South Florida

Local 10: Coronavirus cases confirmed at 360+ schools across South Florida. “More than 360 primary and secondary schools in South Florida have had confirmed COVID-19 cases among students or staff since early September….The latest data includes cases confirmed through Oct. 17. The cumulative totals include cases dating back to Sept. 6, which is earlier than many South Florida students returned to the classroom.”

Florida Phoenix: FL’s COVID infection stats at odds with major national database

Florida Phoenix: FL’s COVID infection stats at odds with major national database. “Florida’s official COVID-19 ‘positivity rate’ is at odds with rates reported by the renowned tracker run by Johns Hopkins University. The official state rate is around 5 percent; Johns Hopkins says it’s closer to 12. As is common with statistics, data can be analyzed and interpreted in various, even contradictory, ways.”