News media allowed to join lawsuit over Florida COVID data, judge rules

The current lawsuit was filed Aug. 31 by state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, and the Florida Center for Government Accountability against the Florida Department of Health and outgoing Surgeon General Scott Rivkees. It seeks to force the state to restart its daily COVID dashboard, halted June 5, which had included detailed information on cases and deaths, including gender, race, ethnicity and county-by-county totals. The dashboard also showed current and cumulative cases in all long-term care facilities and prisons.