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Delta Variant; Nat Glover; International Yoga Day; Equality Florida

John Minchillo
A laboratory technician prepares COVID-19 patient samples for semi-automatic testing at Northwell Health Labs, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Lake Success, N.Y.

The arrival of the DeltaCOVID-19 variant may pose a threat to the slow reintroduction to normal life that we have gotten used to, as it is expected to become the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States.

The rise of the Delta variant is due to its increased transmissibility. Experts are hoping that the arrival of new variants will push people to get vaccinated, because as of right now, only about 45% of the United States population is vaccinated. Children 12 and under who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated are still at a high risk to contract COVID-19.

Dr. Jeffrey Goldhagen, Chief  of the Division of Community and Societal Pediatrics at  UF Health Jacksonville and President, International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health, joined us to discuss the new variant. 

Nat Glover

Former Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover - the first Black sheriff in Florida since reconstruction, was inducted into the Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame. Glover held the title of Sheriff from 1995 till 2003.

Glover penned an editorial following the death of George Floyd which stressed the importance of law enforcement and criminal justice reform.

Glover joined us to discuss both his induction and his editorial. 

International Yoga Day 

June 21 marks International Yoga Day - and the perfect time to pick up a new hobby. Local yoga and meditation teacher Dan Nevins turned to yoga after an explosion while deployed in Iraq left him a double amputee. Since becoming a yoga teacher Nevins has spread the message that yoga is accessible for “any body.”

Dan Nevins joined us to discuss his story, and the best way to celebrate International Yoga Day. 

Equality Florida 

Jimmy Midyette ran a passionate campaign for the Duval County Clerk of the Courts last year, arguing that the Duval County courthouses should resume marriage ceremonies. Midyette lost that race, but since then he has taken on a new role with  Equality Florida as the North Florida Development Officer.

Midyette joined us to talk about the organization’s efforts.

Mackenzie Guiry can be reached at

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Mackenzie Guiry is a senior multimedia journalism major at the University of North Florida. She spent her first two years of college at Florida Atlantic University.