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Rapid Testing; At-Home Learning; Grocery Store Safety; Cole Pepper

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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020 file photo, a technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York's Long Island.



On Monday’s episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we discussed the arrival of rapid COVID-19 testing. 

As President Donald Trump extends the national stay-at-home recommendations through April 30, hospitals are bracing for the potential surge in patients infected by the virus. Several local hospitals will soon have rapid Coronavirus testing technology. Marko Predic, Infection Preventionist at UF Health Jacksonville, joined us with more information.

Related: Local, State And National Coronavirus Coverage

At-Home Learning

WJCT Television has launched At-Home Learning, a series of distance learning opportunities that can be accessed on WJCT TV channel 7.1. and Comcast 8 & 440). This project is in partnership with Duval County Public schools. Executive Director of Professional Development with the Duval County Public Schools, Paula Renfro and WJCT’s Circe LeNoble gave us more details on the curriculum-related programming

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Grocery Store Employees

Grocery store workers have dealt with a flood of shoppers as they stock up on supplies. As they restock and interact with customers, many workers worry they may have been exposed to coronavirus. An anonymous Publix employee from our area shared his story.   


Update: Publix To Allow Some Workers To Wear Masks, Gloves While on Duty

Cole Pepper

WJCT’s Sports Analyst, Cole Pepper, joined us to discuss the NFL Draft. At the time of this story, the draft will continue as planned, but will not be a live event. Pepper also shared updates on highschool and college football, and the Olympics.

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


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