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Contact Tracing; Literary Arts Festival; Breweries & COVID-19; WJCT's New Format

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Salt Lake County Health Department health investigator Mackenzie Bray points to a board showing a hypothetical case that serves as a training tool to teach new contact tracers how to track all the people they need to reach out to after a person tests posi

As the number of new coronavirus cases in Florida continues to soar, researchers are trying to improve the state’s coronavirus testing and tracing efforts.

Jacqueline R. Evans, Florida International University (FIU) Associate Professor of Psychology, is a part of a research projectat the university that has been testing how to make contact tracing more effective and efficient. She joined us with details.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage

Jax by Jax Literary  Arts Festival

If you’re a writer who wants bigger exposure for your work, then now is the time to submit some samples to the Jax by Jax Literary Arts Festival. The festival’s organizer, Darlyn Kuhn, joined us to explain why.

Craft Breweries and COVID-19 Shutdowns

Craft breweries are having an especially tough time right now. Many are struggling to comply with the state’s ever-changing rules on serving customers in the middle of a pandemic- as they work to keep their businesses afloat.

One local establishment - Aardwolf Brewing Company  in San Marco - got a visit from armed ABT agents late last week. Preben Olsen is a co-owner and joined us with more.

WJCT Format Changes

Monday marks an important change on the radio for us here at WJCT. We’re converting our daily radio programming to all news-talk. But, you can still find all the music you love. Our CEO, David McGowan, joined us with more details.

Heather Schatz can be reached at or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.


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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?