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COVID cases surge; "What's Health Got To Do With It?"; library reopens; local beer

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Marta Lavandier
Drivers line up for COVID-19 tests on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in North Miami.

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious omicron variant, Florida’s Surgeon General, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, on Monday said the state Department of Health would issue guidance that would, in his words, “unwind the testing psychology” of the federal government.

Those comments come after President Joe Biden’s administration last month announced a plan to distribute 500 million at-home coronavirus tests to Americans. These tests have been difficult for many on the First Coast to find.

  • Guests: Dr. Michelle Aquino, a hospitalist at Baptist Health.
  • Dr. Mobeen Rathore, professor, University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville, and chief of infectious diseases, Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

'What’s Health Got To Do With It?'

WJCT launched a new medical talk show last year. "What’s Health Got to Do with It?" helps you get the answers you need to your health care questions.

Guest:  Dr. Joseph Sirven, Mayo Clinic neurologist and host of "What’s Health Got to Do with It?"

Library reopens

All 21 locations of the Jacksonville Library are now open at regular hours. We got a preview offor what they have planned in the new year.

Guest: Christian Boivin, assistant director of community relations and marketing for the Jacksonville Library.

Local beer

Ruby Beach Brewing is releasing an official Cre8Jax beer on Wednesday, during the first Downtown Artwalk of the year.

Guest: Toni Smailagić, Cre8Jax.

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Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.