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Florida COVID whistle-blower Rebekah Jones says she received death and rape threats and feared for her life after being fired 'for refusing to alter the state's data'

 Florida COVID whistle blower Rebekah Jones has claimed she received death and rape threats after being fired, allegedly for refusing to alter the state's damning pandemic numbers. 

Jones was a data analyst for Florida's Department of Health but was fired in May 2020. 

The state said she was fired for insubordination for accessing the data system and changing numbers without permission. 

She maintains that it is because they had been trying to convince her to play down the numbers for months. 

Now, she is suing the state for raiding her home as part of a cyber crimes 'investigation', claiming it infringed on her first amendment rights. 

In an interview with Cosmopolitan that was published on Thursday, she said that after the raid, she was left 'terrified' in her home. 

'The police released my home address and my cell phone number and the school my son went to. I got death threats to my home mailing address. 

'I had a couple a**hole reporters who would not leave my house no matter how much I politely asked them to,' she said, telling the magazine she had to hire a bodyguard. 


'I was actually terrified,' she claimed. 

Jones maintains that she was fired for refusing to 'manipulate' data. 

A packed Florida beach earlier this week. Jones says she was fired for trying to lift the lid on how bad the problem there was

A packed Florida beach earlier this week. Jones says she was fired for trying to lift the lid on how bad the problem there was 

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'I was fired for refusing to manipulate data to drum up support for the governor’s plan to reopen. 

'Knowing how many people were going to get killed and that any model we did would undercount them [if we changed the data] and it not mattering to the people in charge,' she said. 

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Florida has always been one of the most relaxed states when it comes to COVID restrictions

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Florida has always been one of the most relaxed states when it comes to COVID restrictions

In November, an unauthorized hacker sent an email from the state's system to 2,000 employees saying: 'You know this is wrong. You don’t have to be a part of this. Be a hero.  

'Speak out before it’s too late.' 

Jones maintains that it was not her. 

But she does say that last year, she was told under no uncertain terms to alter the data by half to make it look like Florida's COVID problem wasn't as bad as it was. 

'There were counties that had, like, 18 or 20 percent positivity. “And she was like, "well, just change it to 10,"' she said.

She now claims she is being made out to be a villain by Governor Ron DeSantis.

Jones was a state health department data scientist credited with leading a team in the creation Florida's COVID-19 dashboard early on in the pandemic, before she was fired.

Now, she runs a nationwide dashboard.  

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