Doctors Fighting COVID; 'Too Hot To Work;' Hurricane Preparedness; Girls Inc.

Aug 18, 2021

As North Florida remains the national hot spot for COVID-19 infections, the Jacksonville group Doctors Fighting Covid says the state is failing to fight the virus effectively.

Broward and Alachua counties defied Gov. Ron DeSantis and his Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran by continuing to enforce a mask mandate. The state officials say they will take “all legal steps to enforce rules” including sanctioning Alachua County Superintendent Carlee Simon.

Doctors Fighting COVID delivered a letter to the Florida Board of Education before their Tuesday meeting stating their “grave concern about the level of viral infection in [the] community, especially as it pertains to schools.”

Dr. Nancy Staats, a Jacksonville physician and a member of Doctors Fighting COVID, joined us with more. 

'Too Hot To Work'

A new report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists  (UCS) finds that the Sunshine State is getting too hot for outside workers. The soaring temperatures affect workers across dozens of industries, especially Black and Latinx workers.

Rachel Licker, Ph.D., a Senior Climate Scientist with UCS told us more about the research.

Hurricane Preparedness 

It is hurricane season in Florida, and while it has been a quiet season so far, ServPro says hurricane preparedness is key.

Chris Ryan, ServPro’s Project Manager, and Pauline Gerry, Director of Marketing and Business Development, shared their top tips for hurricane season.

Girls Inc.

Darlene Vaughn is Girls Inc. of Jacksonville’s new CEO. She takes over the organization after working as an Executive Director at Communities in Schools of Indiana

Vaughn told us more about why she says now, more than ever, we need to support girls in our community.

What’s Good Wednesday

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