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Under Legal Pressure, Florida Releases Names Of Schools With COVID-19 Cases

Emily Michot
Miami Herald

The report, which accounts for data recorded between Sept. 6 and Sept. 26, shows a limited picture of COVID-19 cases tied to schools.

A month after Florida schools reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic, state officials revealed for the first time on Tuesday evening a state report that details school-related COVID-19 data.

The school-specific data was released by the Florida Department of Health after a coalition of news organizations threatened to sue Gov. Ron DeSantis for violating the state public records law.

DeSantis’ administration refused to release the information after numerous requests over a month-long span. State health officials shared the data with local school officials but told them they considered the information confidential.

Read more from our news partner at the Miami Herald.