Merck; Betty Griffin Center; Trulieve; Local sports
This weekend, the U.S. surpassed 700,000 deaths due to COVID-19. The death toll makes this pandemic the deadliest in American history, surpassing the influenza pandemic of the early 20th century.
The number of new cases started to fall in Florida, but the death rate remains high. Meanwhile, vaccination numbers are rising, and pharmaceutical company Merck announced new research on a pill used to treat the virus.
Guest: Dr. Chirag Patel, assistant chief medical officer at UF Health Jacksonville.
Betty Griffin Center
After a 25-year tenure with the Betty Griffin Center in St. Johns County, CEO Joyce Mahr announced her retirement. She continues to support the center’s work as Domestic Violence Awareness Month kicks off.
Guest: Joyce Mahr, former CEO of BGC.
Trulieve, the state’s largest medical marijuana operator, is now the nation’s biggest cannabis retailer after acquiring a former competitor, Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. last week.
Guest: Sally Kent Peebles, a partner with Vicente Sedergerg and a member of the state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee.
WJCT Sports Analyst Josh Torres joined us with updates on the Jaguars, including a video that went viral this weekend showing Coach Urban Meyer with a woman who is not his wife dancing on him at a bar.
First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Associate Producer Katherine Hobbs can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.