Today, there was no daily COVID-19 report from the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), and the dashboard is no longer being updated. FDOH has announced that we can expect weekly updates for a few more weeks, and then they will no longer be reporting COVID-19 data to the public. Data will still be reported to the CDC as required, and data will be available by public records requests, but the daily reports and dashboard updates are a thing of the past. Our first update was March 12, 2020, and the last was June 3, 2021. In between, we provided reports on every day that FDOH provided reports.
I am grateful to Jon Taylor at FAU and to my husband Len Cabrera for the charts that I published every day; I thought it was important to put the data in context instead of simply reporting numbers of cases and deaths, and their faithfulness in producing charts every single day has been extraordinary.
I honestly don’t know how many people found the updates to be helpful; I tracked everything myself so I would have the data I needed to counter what I called “panic porn” – the tendency in many media outlets to put the biggest number of the day in the headlines. Since I was tracking it anyway, I thought my readers might want to have the information available, too. I know many of you have been ready for this day for some time, and so have I, but I was determined to keep watching as long as the reports were available. As you know if you’ve been paying attention, many of the reports included deaths from months ago and sometimes over a year ago. I’ve seen these updates as part of our mission of holding government accountable.
However, I’m glad to put this task down and spend more time reporting on meetings, doing public records requests, and keeping you informed about community events. As always, let us know here if we miss anything newsworthy in Alachua County.
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