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Personal Protective Equipment; Assisted Living; Cole Pepper

David J. Phillip
The Associated Press
A patient is tested by a healthcare professional at a drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 at United Memorial Medical Center Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Houston.


On Monday’s episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross we discussed the risks doctors and nurses are facing as they treat patients exposed to the coronavirus. 

Dr. James St. George, president of the Duval County Medical Society, outlined the conditions medical staff are facing during the pandemic.

He responded to questions about testing and the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). St. George said the best way to help healthcare workers is to stay at home and practice social isolation.

This is expected to help to flatten the curve and not further overwhelm hospitals. 

Senior Citizens in Isolation

Steve Watrel, an attorney with Coker Law who specializes in nursing home issues, explained how the COVID-19 lockdown is affecting senior citizens in Florida, many of whom are doing everything they can right now to protect themselves. He went over the steps family members should take to best stay in contact with their loved ones in assisted living.

Cole Pepper 

WJCT sports analyst, Cole Pepper, wrapped up the show with Jacksonville Jaguars updates. He also discussed the impact of coronavirus on the upcoming Olympic Games, as Canada calls for the event to be postponed. 

Sarah Glenn can be reached at, 904-358-6317

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