TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has launched college district COVID-19 information which she stated reveals masks mandates labored to sluggish the unfold of coronavirus.
In a digital press convention Thursday morning, Fried stated the DeSantis’ administration labored to dam the discharge of the information which reveals that faculty districts requiring masks resulted in as much as seven occasions decrease COVID-19 circumstances per capita than college districts that didn’t require masks.
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Fried launched the information upfront of Thursday’s state Board of Education assembly, which is able to decide punishment for eleven Florida college districts requiring masks.
According to the information launched by Fried’s workplace, college districts that began the college yr with masks necessities (Alachua, Broward, Miami-Dade) noticed 3 times decrease pupil COVID-19 circumstances per capita in comparison with districts with out masks necessities.
School districts with masks necessities enacted at any time had simply half the scholar COVID-19 circumstances as college districts with out masks necessities, in accordance with the information she launched.
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“This data clearly shows the truth: the Governor is lying about masks in schools,” stated Fried in a press release. “Every way you look at the data, kids were better off in schools requiring masks than those that did not. School districts that did nothing suffered four times higher COVID-19 cases than school districts that required masks, in direct contradiction to the Governor’s disinformation.”
Fried pointed to Highlands County, with no masks requirement, which had 600 occasions larger peak circumstances per capita (12 circumstances per capita) than in masked Miami-Dade and Broward Counties (0.02 circumstances per capita).
In different findings, there have been 0.69 peak circumstances per capita in class districts requiring masks; 0.98 peak circumstances per capita in class districts with masks parental opt-outs, and a pair of.90 peak circumstances per capita in class districts with no masks necessities.
In compiling the information, all of Florida’s 67 college districts had been requested if they’d publicly accessible COVID-19 information dashboards. Fried stated they discovered 33 college districts had public dashboards that revealed aggregated case information on a weekly foundation for all energetic weeks of the 2021-22 college yr. Those had been the dashboards that had been used to compile the information, in accordance with Fried.
Fried stated circumstances per capita had been calculated as whole circumstances by the week of September 20 divided by whole college district enrollment. Peak circumstances per capita had been calculated as peak week circumstances divided by whole college district enrollment.
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Fried is one among a number of Democrats who’s operating towards Ron DeSantis for the governor’s workplace in 2022.