ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County well being officers now not have entry to a crucial statewide database that provides native decision-makers data together with on COVID-19 vaccine distribution charges.
The transfer to revoke Orange County’s entry to the Florida Division of Well being database got here after the county turned over three warmth maps as a part of a public data request.
The maps present vaccine distribution charges by zip code and don’t disclose any exempt or private data. WFTV was the first to report the state pulling entry to the database.
Information 6 has been asking for comparable public data from the Florida Division of Well being since January. Nevertheless, no data have been offered from the state. Officers at DOH have additionally ignored Information 6′s requests for a standing replace on when reporters can anticipate the data.
Underneath Florida’s Sunshine Regulation, officers are anticipated to offer public data in an inexpensive period of time. Information might be stored from the general public if the data is taken into account exempt underneath state regulation.
Information 6 reached out to state and county well being officers to search out out what data may be thought-about exempt within the warmth maps that have been offered, however haven’t obtained a response.
“The County will not be pursuing any authorized motion,” stated Orange County Public Data Officer Kelly Finkelstein, when requested if officers have been contemplating pushing again on their revoked entry to the database.
The maps are a number of weeks outdated and present lower-income neighborhoods together with Pine Hills (32808 and 32804) have had fewer vaccine distributed than traditionally higher-income communities resembling Winter Park (32789 and 32792).
Information 6 reached out to Mayor Jerry Demings for a remark concerning the discrepancies in vaccine distributions. A public data officer stated reporters must wait till the 4:30 p.m. press convention Thursday for a response.
This can be a growing story and might be up to date all through the day as we be taught extra. Observe Information 6′s Merris Badcock on Twitter for up-to-the-minute data.
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