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JEA customers should expect a significantly cheaper electric bill in May.  

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a Monday news conference at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
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After mounting pressure, Governor Ron DeSantis issued a safer at home order for the entire state of Florida this week, to try and slow the spread of COVID-19.

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While the COVID-19 pandemic is causing heartbreak and stress, it’s also bringing out some of the best in people.

One example is the #904rainbowhunt, which has been trending on local social media.

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The elevated expressway next to TIAA Bank Field in Downtown Jacksonville will be closed Saturday, April 4, as the next phase of the Hart Bridge ramps' demolition gets underway.

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On Friday’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Friday Media Roundtable we discussed how COVID-19 continues to impact Florida.

Tony Boselli Says Ended Up In Mayo Clinic's ICU As He Battled COVID-19

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Former Jaguars’ star and Hall of Fame finalist Tony Boselli is recovering after he was hospitalized for five days at the Mayo Clinic for COVID-19, he told WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union Thursday in his first public comments.

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One Jacksonville attorney’s office is offering free legal help with end-of-life documents like wills in the midst of the coronavirus. 

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An employee at the Sawgrass Village Publix in Ponte Vedra Beach tested positive for COVID-19, according to what appears to be an internal message sent to the store’s employees.

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While the list of closures and social restrictions grows in hopes of slowing the spread of coronavirus, high school seniors in Clay County have fingers crossed that they’ll get to walk with their classmates this May.

Background Checks Reflecting Gun Sales Break New Records In Florida, Nationally

Apr 2, 2020
A customer looks at a SIG Sauer hand gun at a gun show held in Miami in this file photo.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Background checks for new gun purchases in Florida during March – when the coronavirus pandemic worsened dramatically – surged to set records, according to the latest figures the FBI released Wednesday.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry followed up on a tweet he sent last night regarding a cruise ship off the coast of Florida with passengers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms potentially docking in the city’s port. 

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If you’re in St. Augustine, you may have the choice to have your temperature monitored as part of a pilot project to detect the presence of COVID-19.

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North Florida Rep.  Al Lawson (D-FL 5th District) joined us with a look at the $2 trillion relief package  passed by Congress that's aimed at helping soften the economic blow the coronavirus pandemic has caused.

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Driverless electric-powered vehicles are being used for the first time in the U.S. – according to JTA – to transport medical supplies and COVID-19 tests.

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Duval County ranked No. 3 in the country for travel, despite people being encouraged to stay at home, according to an analysis  by The New York Times.

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Last updated: April 1

Several readers have reached out with questions about coronavirus. Here are the answers the Duval County Health Department shared with WJCT News:

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As hospitals across the nation face national shortages of masks and other protective equipment for medical professionals, some facilities are forced to find ways to extend the usage of their resources. 

A child rides a scooter past barricades at the entrance of a park, which was closed to vehicular traffic to help encourage social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Jeff Roberson / Associated Press

Cases of child abuse and neglect are expected to rise in the coming weeks and months due to the coronavirus.

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On Wednesday’s episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we discussed possible new CDC recommendations regarding face masks.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is pictured at the White House on March 14, 2020.
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For many, April 1 means the rent is due. But with record-setting jobless claims in Florida due to COVID-19, paying the rent this month – and the next few - may not be an option for some.

DeSantis Tells Floridians To Stay At Home Except For Essential Services

Apr 1, 2020
PBS NewsHour

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he is issuing an executive order calling for Floridians statewide to stay at home, a move that he had been resisting as other states took similar steps because of the novel coronavirus.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry issued a new executive order Wednesday morning mandating that people remain at home except for critical and essential needs.

Florida Could Speed Up Road Projects While Traffic Is Sparse

Apr 1, 2020
Brian Cleary / Associated Press

Florida might speed up some infrastructure projects, taking advantage of motorists staying off roads because of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday.

Federal Inspectors Eye Florida Long-Term Care Facilities During COVID-19

Apr 1, 2020
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Federal health inspectors have arrived in Florida to evaluate how long-term care facilities are responding to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Via Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic announced it will begin testing its own patients who meet the CDC criteria. 

A student works through a math problem with their iPad at the ready.
Jeff Roberson / Associated Press

The FBI says there could be an increased risk for child exploitation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Curry speaking at a desk
Via COJ Livestream

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced a city partnership with VyStar Credit Union for business financial relief in the City Council’s first virtual meeting Tuesday morning. 

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Isolation can really do a number on our mental equilibrium, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with depression and anxiety right now, given the circumstances.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

A Duval County poll worker has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

A VENUS employee works on medical masks at the company's Beach Blvd. plant.
Venus Fashion

A local manufacturer of swimwear is shifting manufacturing to add medical masks and hospital isolation-gowns to its product line.

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