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COVID On The Rise In Duval; Women's Health; Going Green; Author Craig Pittman

File photo of people waiting in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
File photo of people waiting in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID is on the riseyet again. The Jacksonville area has recently become a hotspot for the virus, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The Delta variant is largely to blame as cases go up once again- mainly among the unvaccinated.

Among Florida's major metropolitan counties, Duval County now has the highest positivity rate and one of the lowest vaccination rates. Dr. Jennifer Cowart, MD is a hospitalist physician in Jacksonville and part of the group Doctors Fighting COVID.  She joined us with her thoughts.

Women’s Health

Many women are now seeking to address emotional, physical and mental issues that surfaced or were made worse by the pandemic. Dr. Valerie Rein looks at the underlying cause of the stress, anxiety, fear, guilt and exhaustion that many women have been experiencing in her bestselling book, Patriarchy Stress Disorder. We spoke with her about it.

Going Green

Volunteers from across the community have been helping transform an estimated 1.2 million flowers into components for the newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, which opens on July 30. Kim Kuta Dring, the museum’s Director of Education, talked with us about their efforts and what’s to come. 

Craig Pittman

For more than 30 years, investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Craig Pittman has chronicled some of the wildest - and weirdest - stories Florida has to offer. We spoke with him about his new book, The State You’re In.

Patrick Cantin can be reached at or on Twitter.  

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Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.