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Jacksonville Helps Clay County With Emergency Runs As COVID Cases Increase

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry

Mayor Lenny Curry has announced that the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department is helping Clay County with emergency runs.

"Covid related staffing & call volumes there mean we need to help our neighbors. We r all in this together. Please do your part - if ur not already, get vaccinated," Curry tweeted.

Curry has been renewing his call this week for residents to get vaccinated  as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Duval County and across Florida.

NPR reports that Florida leads the country in new COVID-19 cases, accounting for about 20% of all new cases reported nationally.

The City of Jacksonville’s Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security team, which serves under Curry as the county’s emergency management, is working with local hospitals to keep up capacity, staffing and supplies as COVID-19 hospitalizations threaten to overrun hospitals.

A list of First Coast area locations to receive a coronavirus vaccine is available here.

Raymon Troncoso can be reached at rtroncoso@wjct.org, 904-358-6319 or on Twitter at @RayTroncoso.