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COVID-19 In Schools; Eviction Moratorium; DCPS Air Filtration; What's Good Wednesday


Tuesday, Duval County Public Schools implemented its mask mandate for all students.  

In both Duval and the St. Johns County School District, cases continue to rise, with a slightly higher rate of infection in St. Johns public schools. However, the district is not considering a mask mandate for students despite a Pedro Menendez High School student dying from COVID-19 complications

Guest: Dr. Mobeen Rathore is the chief of infectious diseases and immunology at Wolfson Children's Hospital, the chair of the Infection Prevention and Control Committee at Baptist Health Systems, and an infectious disease pediatrician at UF Health Jacksonville

Eviction Moratorium

The end of the eviction moratorium in the U.S. is sparking an eviction crisis as millions of Americans could soon be unhoused, despite billions of dollars allocated in federal aid to prevent this.

Guest: Local attorney Mike Freed, president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, is calling on his colleagues to step up and lend a hand.

Duval Schools Air Filtration

Duval County Public Schools began requiring masks for all students this week. While many parents who are concerned about COVID transmission find comfort in the mandate, others question whether air filtration systems in classrooms are sufficient to protect against the virus. 

Guest: Environmental engineer Rich Reiss, part of the Duval Pandemic Solutions Team, is the parent of a child in a Duval elementary school who received permission to install upgraded filtration in his son's classroom. 

What's Good Wednesday

First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Associate Producer Katherine Hobbs can be reached at or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.

First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross
Florida Roundup Associate Producer Katherine Hobbs can be reached at or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.