Thursday, January 28, 2021

Biden COVID team releases ‘previously hidden’ Florida report. (Orlando Sentinel)

Thank God for President Biden, revealing information concealed by the State of Florida.

Pray for wisdom to come, at last, to whiny, jejune, joyless Florida Governor RONALD DION DeSANTIS (a DONALD JOHN TRUMP enabler) -- a tedious termagant likely to have one term like his bilious billionaire pal, now on trial for inciting a violent cop-killing insurrection at our U.S. Capitol. 

"You shall know the truth, and it will set you free."  

It's in the Bible, it's written in marble in the CIA lobby, and it is written in the hearts of all Americans in our constitutional government.  It's a bedrock principle, one especially treasured by Floridians, who enacted a strong Open Records and Sunshine law by vote of 3.8 million people (83%) in 1992 -- Article I, Section 24 of our Florida Constitution.  

Awful Florida officials who conceal our government records -- history has its eyes on y'all.

From Orlando Sentinel:

Biden COVID team releases ‘previously hidden’ Florida report

The new White House COVID-19 team released its first “previously hidden” state profiles Wednesday, showing Florida’s coronavirus infection rate fell 19% last week but deaths continued to climb.

The state profiles were previously shared by the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force only with state officials, and most states, including Florida, never released them to the public. The Orlando Sentinel had to file a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis in December to force the disclosure of the information.

“We are now sharing previously hidden weekly COVID-19 state profile reports with the public,” Dr. Cyrus Shahpar, the new White House COVID-19 data director said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon, which linked to the reports.

The move, the reports’ authors said, is part of an effort to “develop a shared understanding of the current status of the pandemic” across national, state and local levels.

The Florida profile, for the week ending Jan. 23, found that 12.3% of laboratory COVID-19 tests were positive for the virus, above the national 10.6% average, but that the rate of new cases was falling. Deaths, which lag behind infections by several weeks, climbed 7% compared to the previous week.

Orange County ranked third in the state for the number of new coronavirus cases in the past three weeks — behind Miami-Dade and Broward — while Volusia ranked 10th and Osceola 12th.

In Central Florida, only Brevard County remained outside the hardest hit “red zone,” which is based on new cases and test-positivity rate.

For now, the White House profiles do not have the state-specific recommendations of previous weekly reports, which had warned Florida officials of increasing infection rates, deaths, the dangers of virus mutations and the need for educating residents on the importance of wearing masks.

Still, public health officials and data scientists applauded the move toward greater transparency.

“Getting these reports out in Florida was [a] long and arduous battle ... and something staff at the state bravely leaked to myself and others to ensure the information got out,” tweeted Rebekah Jones, the data scientist who helped create Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard but was arrested on charges of illegal use of the state’s computer system.

The latest report also showed that nearly a third of Florida’s nursing homes reported at least one new infection among their residents, and 57% reported at least one new infection in their staff. Both measures are a slight drop from the previous week, but, as in the state overall, the number of nursing home residents dying of the virus rose. Some 12% of facilities reported at least one new death, an increase of 2%.

Hospitals had another 9,332 COVID patients admitted last week, the report said, a drop of 7%, but 8% reported a shortage of supplies and 4% a shortage of staff.

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