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COVID Overwhelms Schools; Long COVID As A Disability; Nurses Wanted

Brynn Anderson
Associated Press

The number of positive COVID cases within Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) tripled between Friday and Monday.

To the south, Hillsborough County quarantined thousands of students just a week after the start of school as COVID-19 rips through Florida’s west coast.

DCPS reported 222 covid cases, representing more than a 170% increase from the first week of school, up 140 cases since last Friday. Some medical professionals believe this number is an undercount. 

Dr. Sunil Joshi, president of the Duval County Medical Society Foundation joined us with more.  

Long COVID As A Disability

The Americans with Disabilities Act now classifies people with so-called “long COVID” as disabled. Federal civil rights and disability rights attorney Aaron Bates, spoke to us about what the classification means for COVID long haulers.  

Nurses Wanted

Baptist Health is hosting a career fair Thursday aimed at hiring more licensed practical nurses. Tammy Daniel, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Baptist Health, told us about the candidates she hopes to attract.  

Women Writing For A Change

Women Writing for a Change is a community of women writers organizing for a better city.  Jen Wolfe leads the local chapter. She is hosting a Zoom welcome reception Friday for new writers.

Patrick Cantin can be reached at or on Twitter.