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School Board Member Discusses Health Department COVID-19 Data | News

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“I have a lot of questions for you, so I apologize,” Haynes said, before talking for roughly 20 minutes. What followed was a long monologue, ranging from numbers of children who die from pneumonia to remarks about high-schoolers kissing, sprinkled with rhetorical questions to Boswell and the presentation of data Haynes claimed was shown to her by local researchers who have studied COVID-19 since February 2019. 

COVID-19 by the numbers In general, Haynes implied that the Department of Health has exaggerated the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, and alleged that the vaccine is being oversold.

75 percent — percent increase in cases in the last seven days in Volusia County. While Haynes didn’t name her sources, she told Boswell that, having seen her parents battle COVID-19, she confidently believes that having the novel coronavirus is a better deterrent than vaccination, especially for children, who are unlikely to become seriously ill.

820 — school-age cases reported in the month of July in Volusia County. 3,095 — cases in children between the ages of 5 and 14 in Volusia County since the start of the pandemic.

“Except for the 907 individuals who lost their lives,” Boswell replied. “If you’ve already had COVID, you’re truly in better shape than anybody else because you’ve got antibodies,” Haynes said. 

When Haynes concluded, she was met with applause from some of the crowd attending the meeting at the Volusia County Schools administration center. That prompted a swift gaveling from Chair Linda Cuthbert.  “There will be no clapping and there is no response,” she said. “This is the School Board’s meeting; it is not yours.” “I don’t want anyone to lose their life, but the reality is, every day, someone loses their life,” Haynes said. 

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