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Farewell, Dr. Rivkees. Florida needs a true public health expert | Editorial

As Rivkees heads for the exit, the doctor is now defendant Scott Rivkees. He’s accused of violating Florida’s public records laws by refusing to release daily COVID-related case numbers, deaths, hospitalizations and positivity rates.

State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, and the Florida Center for Government Accountability have performed a vital public service. They filed suit in circuit court in Tallahassee, asking that the information be released and that the Department of Health restore its daily dashboard reporting. DeSantis pulled the plug on daily reports, saying the information is eventually released by the Centers for Disease Control.

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