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Hospitalizations for COVID-19 continue to decline across Florida.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are 14,149 people hospitalized for COVID-19 across the state as of Saturday. This is a decrease of 428 since Friday, and a drop of 1,629 over the last seven days.

There were also 73 fewer people in the state's intensive care beds since Friday, bringing that total to 3,312.

The department also reported 3,282 people in the state's intensive care beds, a daily drop of 30 and 236 in the last seven days.

Four people — including a mother who was cradling her 3-month-old infant — were fatally shot in a home in rural Polk County early Sunday morning, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Update as of 11:30am Monday:

Major Hurricane Larry remains a category 3 hurricane, about 1000 miles southeast of Bermuda. Swells and rip currents are still on track to reach Florida's Atlantic coast Tuesday and Wednesday. The storm itself is forecast to remain well east of the U.S. coastline, and also pass to the east of Bermuda on Thursday.

Duval Audubon Society


Birds keep crashing into Jacksonville buildings, and local conservation groups are seeking volunteers this month to help reduce the number of injuries and deaths.

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St. Johns County Schools had recorded 881 COVID cases as of Thursday — more than 25 times the number of cases in the district after the first 14 school days of the 2020 school year. By the end of the third week of 2020-2021, just 35 students and staff had tested positive.

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

An appeal filed Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration put on hold a Leon County circuit judge’s ruling against the state in a battle over school mask mandates --- but attorneys for a group of parents quickly requested that the ruling be allowed to take effect.

Animals At Jacksonville Zoo To Get COVID-19 Vaccinations

Sep 3, 2021
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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Some animals at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will be getting their COVID-19 vaccinations soon.

DIA Approves $182.2 Million Times-Union Site Plan With 1st-Phase Restaurant

Sep 3, 2021
The Times-Union site
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Atlanta-based Fuqua Development LLC’s plans for a $182.2 million project at the former Florida Times-Union site in Brooklyn will include a riverfront restaurant in the first phase.

Wolfson Children's Hospital
Wolfson Children's Hospital

Four children have died from COVID-19 since June at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, according to a hospital spokesperson. Hospital data show 27 children have been admitted to Wolfson so far this week. 

DAVID ZALUBOWSKI / AP FILE PHOTO

Jobless claims in Florida inched up for the second consecutive week, as two federal unemployment-aid programs tied to the COVID-19 pandemic are coming to an end.

Local resident Stephanie Hernandez takes a selfie in front of Carnival's Mardi Gras cruise ship, docked in the bay of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, marking the first time a cruise ship visits the U.S. territory since the COVID-19 pandemic
Carlos Giusti / Associated Press

Starting this month the state of Florida will fine businesses that require proof of COVID-19 vaccination from customers.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
SHANNON LEDUKE / WJCT

The City of Jacksonville is reopening its Emergency Rental Assistance Program Friday morning, with approximately $10 million in federal funds left to distribute to at-risk households 

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

America’s biggest public charging network is offering free charging for the holiday weekend in Jacksonville and at its stations across the country.

SYDNEY BOLES / WJCT News

Duval County school district officials are standing firm on the district’s emergency mask mandate, despite the Florida education commissioner’s threat to withhold $22,000 dollars a month in state funds.

FLA. DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Officials in rural areas of North Florida where two prisons have been temporarily shuttered are pleading with state leaders to ensure that the closures aren’t permanent, arguing that the institutions are a vital part of the local economy.


Edward Waters University has set a new enrollment record with the Fall semester now underway, with 1,104 students enrolled. Of those, 531 are new students.

13th Floor Haunted House Jacksonville

If you’re looking to give folks a good scare when this year’s Halloween season arrives while making some cash at the same time, then these job openings just might be for you.

Duval County Public Schools

Ed White High School on Jacksonville's Westside is the third Duval County public school to announce it is shifting to online learning since the start of the school year due to COVID-19.

Bob Self / Florida Times-Union file photo

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci has introduced emergency legislation to name the City Council’s chambers after former Jacksonville mayor and current City Councilman Tommy Hazouri, who is in hospice care at home after a recent hospitalization for lung transplant complications.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission / Via myfwc.com

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hoping to reach the next generation of anglers with five new educational games developed in partnership with the digital education company Pubbly.

Meyer: Vaccination Status Considered During Jaguars Player Cuts

Sep 1, 2021
Michael Ainsworth / Associated Press

Jaguars coach Urban Meyer went through his first full batch of player cuts this week and knew it was going to be tough.

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran
Florida House of Representatives

The Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) Board could lose board funding as soon as Thursday, according to a letter sent to Duval County Schools officials by Florida’s education commissioner.

Contractor Targets Oct. 17 Implosion For Downtown Jacksonville Berkman II High-Rise

Aug 31, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

The unfinished Berkman Plaza II high-rise in Downtown Jacksonville has a tentative date with demolition at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 17. 

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city issued a permit for The Markets at Town Center to add a kayak launch at the pond behind REI – Recreational Equipment Inc.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

While to-your-door alcohol delivery isn’t new, the number of delivery service options for thirsty residents of Northeast Florida is growing.

Claire Heddles / WJCT News

Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters in Jacksonville Monday that his office plans to appeal Friday’s court ruling that school districts can require masks.

Hurricane Ida Likely To Drive Up Florida Gas Prices

Aug 30, 2021
David Zalubowski / Associated Press

After Florida motorists have seen a drop in gasoline prices in recent weeks, Hurricane Ida is likely to make it more expensive to fill up.

LM Otero / Associated Press

A mosquito sample collected from Downtown Brunswick, Ga., has tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Glynn County Health Department.

David J. Phillip / Associated Press

The Jacksonville Humane Society is taking in a handful of dogs coming here from hurricane-battered Louisiana.   

Raymon Troncoso / WJCT News

Downtown Vision, a nonprofit that promotes business development in Downtown Jacksonville, is holding a giveaway through its Instagram page, offering a $1,000 gift card usable at 34 local businesses.

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