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COVID-19 In Elder Care Facilities; Jax Symphony; Insurance Claims; VOIDCAST

Caridad Smith uses hand sanitizer before eating lunch at Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Dade County, Inc., on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Miami.

On Saturday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said his administration would release the names of the state’s long-term care facilities that have active COVID 19 cases.

Florida’s nursing homes and senior living centers have been hotbeds for the disease. In fact, more than 20 Northeast Florida long-term care facilities are on the list of statewide providers with COVID-19 positive tests.

Here in Jacksonville, one facility sent a letter to the governor, state attorney general and the secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. The River Garden Hebrew Home let state officials know they’re concerned about the lack of available testing for nursing home residents and staff. Marty Goetz, the CEO of River Garden, joined us for a closer look.

Related: Local, State And National Coronavirus Coverage

Jacksonville Symphony

Before you know it, the Jacksonville Symphony will be back performing on stage. They’ve released the highlights of their upcoming season, too. The symphony’s Music Director, Courtney Lewis, joined us with a preview.

Coronavirus and Insurance Claims

Businesses across the First Coast have shuttered their doors because of coronavirus. Some are turning to their commercial insurance policies they have paid into for years and are being told their losses are not covered.  Attorneys Bradley Bodiford and Wayne Hogan from the Terrell Hogan law firm joined us to discuss how to find out if your business is covered for COVID-19 and talk about some other COVID-related legal issues.


WJCT has launched a new podcast, as part of our new initiative, the Jacksonville Music Experience. It’s called VOIDCAST. Void’s Editor, Matt Shaw, who hosts the podcast, and WJCT’s own Lindsey Kilbride, who produced it, joined us with more.

Heather Schatz can be reached at

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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?