COVID-19

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Ahead of the 2021 Florida Legislative Session, local state representatives and senators held their annual Duval Legislative Delegation Meeting to hear the concerns of organizations and community stakeholders.

A closed sign hangs in the door as a maintenance worker passes by.
Matt York / Associated Press


The Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) recently established the Northeast Florida Economic Resilience Taskforce, which aims to help the region recover from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

man being helped by a nurse while he sits in a hospital bed looking at her.
Alessandra Tarantino / Associated Press

COVID-19 hospitalizations have been on the rise all week in Duval County, rising once again from Friday morning into the afternoon.

A Phlebotomist draws blood from a patient for COVID-19 antibody testing.
David J. Phillip / Associated Press

A medical company near Orlando is offering up to 5,000 COVID-19 antibody test kits to nonprofits in the Jacksonville area.

Dabbs making something behind the store counter, next to a sign with the store's name, and a bunch of baked goods in front of him.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Michelle and Dabbs McInnis have been selling jellies, baked goods and other food through their Sweet Spot brand for six years. 

a nurse putting on PPE before dealing with patients, in the middle of a hallway with glass panels behind her and a computer in front of her.
Seth Wenig / Associated Press

A Jacksonville nurse says she’s seen an increase in the amount of COVID-19 hospitalizations at her facility, as internal hospital COVID-19 data acquired by WJCT News show an upward trend countywide over roughly the past week. 

nurse tying up their gown before going into a COVID-19 unit.
Eric Gay / Associated Press

The number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators and in ICUs has been trending upward at Duval County hospitals over the past month, according to data reviewed by WJCT News that isn’t released to the public. 

Vials with samples taken for the new coronavirus are seen before they are prepared for RNA testing.
Gerald Herbert / Associated Press

Two coronavirus testing sites in Jacksonville will be temporarily closed on Election Day.

A Florida Blue Drive-Up Flu Shot Clinic
Florida Blue

If you want to get a flu shot, Florida Blue is offering free drive-thru vaccination clinics at the St. Johns Town Center and the Winston Family YMCA through December.

John Lennon at a press conference in 1971.
Associated Press

October 9, 2020, would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday, and to honor his life, Feeding Florida is giving residents the opportunity to help fight hunger in the state by buying a special "Imagine" license plate tag.

Close-up of Oxycodone bottle.
Cindy Shebley / Flickr.com

A free at-home medication disposal program is looking to address opioid overdoses, which have spiked in Jacksonville and across the country since the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

An economic impact payment check
Eric Gay / Associated Press

More than 567,000 Floridians are among the estimated 9 million Americans who don’t regularly file taxes and still have not received their pandemic stimulus checks from the federal government.

A flu shot being given
Indiana Public Media

If you want to get a flu shot, Florida Blue is offering a drive-thru vaccination clinic at the St. Johns Town Center on Wednesday.

A sign reading "Still Open" hangs outside of a restaurant.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

An infectious disease specialist is warning that as Florida pulls back on business and capacity restrictions, more people are likely to die of the coronavirus.

A OneBlood Big Red Bus sitting at FSCJ's Downtown Campus.
Blake Allen / WJCT News

Federal and local law enforcement officials who have recovered from COVID-19 are partnering with OneBlood to raise awareness about plasma donations.

Rapid Test Kits Headed To Fla.

Sep 29, 2020
Someone getting tested for COVID-19 at the drive-thru testing site, someone reaching into a car where a patient is, while dressed in a mask and gown and gloves.
John Raoux / Associated Press


Florida will receive 400,000 rapid-test kits a week that can be used to detect COVID-19 infections at schools, senior centers and long-term care facilities, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday at a news conference in Clearwater. 

a black woman using a nose swab to test for COVID-19 on another black man, who has his head titled back.
Matt Rourke / Associated Press

African Americans are 2.4 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than white people, while Hispanic, Latinx, and indigenous groups are 1.5 more likely to die, according to the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Mark Wieland.

Person with gloves on holding a vaccine in their hand, about to flick it with their finger.
Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press

With flu season rapidly approaching, medical professionals are warning of potentially high hospitalizations and deaths if precautions aren’t taken, when combined with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic continues in the United States.

Caridad Smith uses hand sanitizer before eating lunch at Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Dade County, Inc., on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Miami.
Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

With coronavirus-related restrictions at long-term care facilities being eased, an industry leader is warning that without protections against civil liability there will be more legal cases and eventually an increase in insurance rates.

Monkey looking up at the sky. Looks like its in a tree
Via Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

In an effort to recoup some of its financial losses after a two-month closure due to COVID-19, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is holding a fundraiser to try to bring in $250,000 by this Sunday, Sept. 20.

Edward Waters College
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Fall enrollment numbers at Jacksonville-area colleges and universities are surprisingly high given the economic toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken, and some schools are even reporting record numbers.

James Weldon Johnson Park, then Hemming Park, is pictured on June 9, 2020, shortly after the city removed its Confederate statue.
Heather Schatz / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council is set to hold a public hearing on a proposed two year moratorium on the renaming of public parks, buildings and streets during Tuesday’s meeting. The council is also considering more buyouts of homes in flood-prone areas.

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office exterior
Ray Hollister / WJCT News

The Duval County Supervisor of Elections’ call center was shut down this week after several employees who worked during the primary tested positive for COVID-19.

Pictured: COVID-19 testing lab
Charles Krupa / Associated Press

COVID-19 cases among the student body have been confirmed at two of Jacksonville’s private college preparatory schools following a social gathering among some of their students.

Mayor Lenny Curry speaking during a virtual press conference.
City of Jacksonville

The city of Jacksonville has partnered with local hospitals and hospital administrators on a public service announcement urging residents to wear masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

A custodian cleans a desk in a classroom.
Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press

Baker County students headed back to school Monday morning with no mask requirement in place.

A sign reading "Still Open" hangs outside of a restaurant.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

An executive order signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis loosens the criteria for restaurant employees with coronavirus to return to work.

The Zim vessel Cape Sounio at JAXPORT in March 2019.
JAXPORT

The Florida Ports Council is asking Congress for $3.5 billion in aid to help U.S. seaports and maritime businesses recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic as talks continue on an economic-stimulus package.

The BioLife Plasma Services Center in Arlington
BioLife Plasma Services

BioLife Plasma Services is opening a new donation center in Jacksonville’s Arlington neighborhood.

Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press

The St. Johns County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to push back the start of the school year until August 31, citing concerns related to the coronavirus and the upcoming Republican National Convention in Jacksonville.

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