A sign reading "Still Open" hangs outside of a restaurant.
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An executive order signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis loosens the criteria for restaurant employees with coronavirus to return to work.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams
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The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending that everyone wear a cloth face mask whenever we go anywhere outside our homes. To help make more available, a grassroots movement has launched in Jacksonville to spread awareness about mask-wearing and get more masks into people's hands.

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In 2016, then-Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said the district needed to expand student mental health services and advocate for more mental health funding. Students had anonymously self-reported more depression and suicide-related behaviors compared to their peers across the state.

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Federal health officials are calling on Congress to create a permanent public-health emergency fund to make it easier to respond to epidemics.

The call comes the same day four cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus were confirmed in Florida.

More Duval County Students Practicing Abstinence

Jul 14, 2016
Duval County Public Schools

More Duval County middle and high schoolers are abstaining from sex.

The Center for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows the percent of Duval County middle schoolers who said they had sex decreased from 23 percent in 2009 to 13 percent in 2015.

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A strain of treatment-resistant head lice, nicknamed "super lice," have been reported in more than two dozen states, including Florida.


A new law went into effect Wednesday that allows Florida pharmacies to give more types of vaccines to customers.

Pharmacies were previously allowed to administer vaccines only against viruses like the flu.

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Northeast Florida hospitals are offering new moms more information on breast-feeding, thanks to state grants.

The program is part of Florida’s Healthiest Weight Initiative aimed at fighting obesity.

 Gov. Rick Scott opened fire on the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, accusing the agency of starving Florida of the information, equipment and even the testing kits the state needs to be safe from the deadly Ebola virus.

"The CDC has not fulfilled any of Florida's requests," Scott said angrily. "We are now asking publicly to support us in these important efforts for our state."

Nationwide Bacteria Outbreak Reaches Northeast Florida

Aug 9, 2013
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The Florida Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of Cyclospora, including six cases in Northeast Florida.

Cyclospora is a food-borne, single-cell bacteria that infects the small intestine causing diarrhea, loss of appetite and fatigue. When untreated, symptoms can last for several weeks. So far no deaths have been reported in the outbreak spanning seventeen states, but 30 individuals have been hospitalized.

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State public health officials are warning everyone who swims in Florida’s lakes and rivers this summer to be aware of the potential danger from a rare amoeba that attacks the brain.

The Naegleria Fowleri amoeba enters the body through the nose and can cause what’s called Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis.  Death typically follows five days after infection.

To protect yourself against this deadly parasite, the Florida Department of Health recommends not playing around in bodies of warm freshwater or hot springs.