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Media Roundtable; Introducing 'What’s Health Got To Do With It?'

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Jonathan Pagliarulo, 11, gets tested for COVID-19, after vaccinated family members tested positive for the virus, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in North Miami, Fla.

Today’s Media Roundtable discussed some of the top stories in the First Coast, including: 

  • Florida’s pandemic death toll surpassed 50,000 people on Thursday after a summer surge fueled by the highly contagious delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • City Councilman, former mayor and longtime public servant Tommy Hazouri was laid to rest Thursday amid stories about his loyalty to Jacksonville. Hazouri died last Saturday after developing complications from a lung transplant. He was 76 years old. 
  • On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that lawmakers will consider a proposal during the 2022 legislative session to end the Florida Standards Assessments. The statewide Engish language arts and math exams are given annually to students in third through 10th grades. DeSantis says he wants to eliminate the exams and move to a different way of evaluating students.
  • Melissa Dykes, JEA’s former chief operating officer, testified to a federal grand jury Thursday in an ongoing criminal investigation into the botched effort to privatize the city-owned electric, water, and sewer utility in 2019.
  • This week, Jaguars Coach Urban Meyer became the subject of speculation but said that he has no plans to return to coaching college football after making the jump to the NFL in January. Meyer denied published reports that he may have an interest in the vacant University of Southern California job.


Indrocucing 'What’s Health Got to Do with It?'

WJCT Public Media is pleased to announce a brand new talk show. What’s Health Got to Do with It? is a weekly radio show focused on solution-driven conversations about health care problems. Host Dr. Joeseph Sirven, a practicing neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, is eager to help First Coast residents navigate their biggest healthcare questions.

What’s Health Got to Do with It? airs Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 9 p.m. on WJCT News 89.9 Listeners can suggest show topics or leave their questions for Dr. Sriven by emailing or calling 904-358-6362.

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