COVID-19

UF Health Campus
UF Health Jacksonville

The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized at UF Health Jacksonville is the lowest it's been since last spring. 

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The Duval County Public School District has removed its mask requirement and the Clay County School District is considering removing its mask requirement starting next year. The moves come after the St. Johns County and Nassau County school districts announced last week their mask mandates will be dropped next year.

Fans enjoy a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp home game during the 2019 season.
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The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are returning to full capacity.

Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
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The head of the advocacy organization that represents Florida’s hospitals at the state and federal level says as COVID-19 hospitalizations reach near record lows across the state, the mental health of both residents and health care workers is becoming a major concern.

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 Duval County Public Schools is asking parents, students and staff what COVID-19 safety measures they think the district should implement next school year.

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Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket stores, has announced it will allow fully vaccinated customers and employees to shop and work maskless.

A syringe is filled with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

The state of Florida will be hosting COVID-19 vaccination pop-up sites in St. Johns County through the end of the month.

For rent sign
Jeff Chiu / Associated Press file photo

The Northeast Florida COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan has been approved by the Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) Board of Directors.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during a news conference.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is suspending all local COVID-19 emergency orders.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is pictured.
Matt Slocum / Associated Press

Preliminary research conducted on a small sample size suggests that certain COVID-19 vaccines, including Pfizer and Moderna, may not be effective for solid organ transplant patients and others with compromised immune systems.

COVID-19 vaccine being administered.
Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Wednesday, April 28, is the last day St. Johns County will offer first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center on Duval Street.

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Live music is returning to the Daily’s Place stage Friday night.

Gateway Mall Offering 3K First Dose Pfizer Shots Daily

Apr 20, 2021
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured.
Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Starting Tuesday, federally-supported vaccination sites in Florida, including the one in Jacksonville at Gateway Mall, will be able to administer up to 3,000 first doses of Pfizer vaccine per day, according to a statement from a spokesperson for the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Rep. Tom Leek, R-Ormond Beach
News Service of Florida

A House committee Monday approved a proposal that would limit local emergency orders and make permanent Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order barring COVID-19 “passports” that would show people have been vaccinated.

Florida has put a halt to the administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines after the CDC and the FDA recommended a “pause” as they investigate reports of very rare, but potentially dangerous blood clots.

A syringe is filled with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

Editor's Note:  Tuesday morning, following this story's Monday publication, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they are recommending a "pause" in the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an "abundance of caution" while an investigation is conducted into reports of apparently rare, potentially dangerous blood clots.

Original Post: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines will be available at several pop-up sites around Northeast Florida this week, starting Tuesday at Lutheran Social Services in Jacksonville.

In this Saturday, April 18, 2020 photo, mortician Cordarial O. Holloway, foreground left, funeral director Robert L. Albritten, foreground right, place a casket into a hearse in Dawson, Ga.
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People whose loved ones have died from COVID-19 can get the federal government to help pay for a funeral.

JTA First Coast Flyer bus
John Burr / WJCT contributor

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is offering free 1-day passes to anyone who wants a ride to a COVID-19 vaccination site in Jacksonville.

The home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News


Opening day for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp is getting pushed back a month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

School Board building exterior
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

The Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) board chair is calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to make teachers and other school workers a priority in the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning residents to be on the lookout for COVID-19 vaccination scams.

Flagler Hospital
Flagler Health+

St. Johns County School District employees who are 65 or older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine through a new program at Flagler Health+ in St. Augustine.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking in front of the Sawgrass Village Publix in Ponte Vedra Beach.
The Office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ announcement this month that the state is partnering with Publix Supermarkets to establish COVID-19 vaccination sites across the state follows the grocer donating $100,000 to the governor’s political committee.

File photo of a Publix store
Scott Iskowitz / Associated Press

Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the state is partnering with Publix to establish COVID-19 vaccination sites at select locations throughout Florida and on Wednesday he said that several would be in St. Johns and Flagler Counties.

A line forms outside the Mandarin Senior Center after Jacksonville announces it will be used as a COVID-19 vaccination site.
Michelle Corum / WJCT News

The two new COVID-19 vaccination sites run by the city of Jacksonville will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis starting Monday.

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

A healthcare company with its state headquarters in Jacksonville Beach is hoping to start helping administer COVID-19 vaccines by the end of March.

Cars lined up for COVID-19 testing.
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press


The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases is currently the highest it has ever been in both the state of Florida and Duval County.

Registered nurse Cynthia Banada holds a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Miami Jewish Health, a senior healthcare facility, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Miami.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

The city of Jacksonville is asking for patience as the hotline to set an appointment for COVID-19 vaccinations in Duval County has been frustrating callers since it went live at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

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Clay County announced on Tuesday it will be giving residents 65 and older and health care workers COVID-19 vaccines by appointment, starting Monday, Jan. 4.

JFRD Employees To Get Vaccinated For COVID-19 At Convention Center

Dec 28, 2020
woman administering a shot to a man's arm
JFRD via Mayor Lenny Curry/Twitter

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department employees are expected to start vaccinating the public for COVID-19 as early as next month, but that’s not until they get the vaccine themselves.

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