Jax Mayor Curry Issues Executive Order Calling On People To Stay At Home

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry issued a new executive order Wednesday morning mandating that people remain at home except for critical and essential needs.

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Several readers have reached out with questions about coronavirus. Here are the answers the Duval County Health Department shared with WJCT News:

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As hospitals across the nation face national shortages of masks and other protective equipment for medical professionals, some facilities are forced to find ways to extend the usage of their resources. 

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Cases of child abuse and neglect are expected to rise in the coming weeks and months due to the coronavirus.

Federal Inspectors Eye Florida Long-Term Care Facilities During COVID-19

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Federal health inspectors have arrived in Florida to evaluate how long-term care facilities are responding to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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The Mayo Clinic announced it will begin testing its own patients who meet the CDC criteria. 

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Florida Could Speed Up Road Projects While Traffic Is Sparse

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Florida might speed up some infrastructure projects, taking advantage of motorists staying off roads because of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday.

The U.S 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously denied the state’s request for a rehearing in a case over felon voting rights in Florida. 

Democratic Florida lawmakers say a Florida Supreme Court order suspending evictions doesn’t go far enough. 

Schools around the state are closed through May 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but daycare centers remain open.

Even though these facilities can be germ factories, the state has allowed them to continue operating because they are essential to keeping essential services running.

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting Florida farmers differently, depending on which market to whom local growers are selling.

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This new world of social distancing has hit the restaurant industry particularly hard — and some of the biggest names in that world are scrambling for solutions. Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri started a relief fund for industry workers impacted by coronavirus. The National Restaurant Association teamed up with other hospitality organizations to call for a national moratorium on rent and evictions.

President Trump was asked Wednesday why his administration hasn't reopened the healthcare.gov exchanges to help bridge the insurance coverage gap for those who do not have private insurance and who do not qualify for Medicaid.

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In describing steps the military is taking to confront the coronavirus pandemic within its ranks, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday that some are calling for the U.S. military to cease operations.

"There seems to be this narrative out there that we should just shut down the entire United States military and address the problem that way. That's not feasible," said Esper during the White House's coronavirus task force briefing.

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we answer your questions about the economy, face masks, pregnancy during the pandemic and the U.S. Census.

Top U.S. Navy officials on Wednesday defended their response to a coronavirus outbreak aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, a day after a scathing letter from the warship's commander that became public, sharply questioned how the health emergency was being handled.

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