COVID-19

North Florida Rep. Al Lawson
Office of Rep. Al Lawson

North Florida Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL 5) is co-sponsoring the Save Our Streets (SOS)  Act to give small businesses and nonprofits up to $250,000 to help them deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Edward Waters College
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Thanks to millions of dollars in federal aid and the potential for record enrollment this fall, Edward Waters College looks as if it will make it through the coronavirus pandemic relatively unscathed.

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The Chair of Jacksonville’s Special Committee on Resiliency, tasked with helping the city prepare for the impacts of sea level rise, is proposing three new subcommittees to better engage the public ahead of the committee’s first meeting since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in Florida.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responds to a question at a news conference at the Urban League of Broward County, during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, April 17, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Since late March, Florida hotels have been allowed to operate without state restrictions, while rental properties across the street or even in the same building have gathered dust.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Ascension St. Vincent's staff.
City of Jacksonville

Governor Ron DeSantis says Florida will be in full Phase 1 of reopening by Monday, after the state was effectively shut down to stop the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.

FSCJ's Deerwood Center
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Florida State College at Jacksonville and Edward Waters College are both expecting to receive more federal CARES Act funding, on top of the millions of dollars they’ve already been given in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bogey Creek Preserve
North Florida Land Trust

The Bogey Creek Preserve park in Jacksonville will reopen on Tuesday for the first time since mid-March, when it was closed due to the coronavirus.

A COVID-19 health advisory blocks the seat next to a woman riding a JTA bus.
Jeffrey Leeser / JTA

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is getting more than $15 million from the federal government to help maintain service during the coronavirus pandemic.

The city of Jacksonville prepares for Mayor Lenny Curry's live Zoom press conference on Thursday.
The city of Jacksonville

Mayor Lenny Curry says Jacksonville is cautiously moving forward to “reopen” the economy and that he will soon release details on a plan to ease the financial burden being placed on local businesses by the coronavirus pandemic.

A volunteer at a drive through coronavirus testing site.
Walmart

Volunteers are needed at a drive through COVID-19 testing site in Jacksonville, and at other sites around the country.

A food server wears a protective face mask as he delivers food to customers.
Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Leaders in Clay County are urging residents to stay vigilant and continue taking precautions to help stop the spread of coronavirus as phase 1 of the county and state’s reopen plans move forward.

A recent FOLIO Weekly cover featuring staff members.
FOLIO Weekly

FOLIO Weekly, Northeast Florida’s largest circulation alternative weekly newspaper, is shutting down after 33 years due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Sunday said the state has received 200,000 coronavirus antibody tests that will be deployed in the coming days.

A placard on a restaurant table reminds customers to use social distancing.
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

Servers and other employees won’t be counted toward limits on occupancy when restaurants reopen Monday under coronavirus guidelines, the state’s top business regulator said.

A car stops to pick up reemployment forms.
Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling for an investigation into the state’s unemployment system, which he described as “broken.”

Little Talbot Island State Park
FloridaStateParks.org

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says state parks will reopen on Monday.

Smokestack streaming live from Nightflower Music in Jacksonville.
Patrick Shoemaker

The “Safer at Home” order in Florida is set to expire on May 4, with some types of businesses soon allowed to have foot traffic again - though under new guidelines, like capacity limits. But for musicians who make their living performing live, it’s not clear when they’ll be able to get back in front of a microphone to play for an in-person crowd.

An aerial view of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville's Downtown campus.
Jacksonville Daily Record

As local governments throughout Florida move forward with land use and development decisions via virtual meetings amid the coronavirus pandemic, some residents and advocacy organizations worried about public engagement are calling for a temporary pause to proceedings.

A Jacksonville man says he’s been wrongly accused of “astroturfing” nationwide protests against government efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus — an assumption that’s led to threats against him, his wife, and their Railyard District salvage business, Eco Relics. 

Florida Consumers Get Price-Gouging Refunds

Apr 21, 2020
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
Steve Cannon / Associated Press

Floridians have received more than $240,000 in refunds from businesses because of inflated prices during the COVID-19 pandemic, Attorney General Ashley Moody said Tuesday. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holds a protective face mask during a news conference at the Urban League of Broward County, during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, April 17, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

A task force appointed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is trying to figure out how best to reopen Florida’s economy.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during a news conference at a drive-through coronavirus testing site in front of Hard Rock Stadium, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Eight long-term care facilities in Duval County have had cases of COVID-19 among their residents or staff:

File photo of a Publix store
Scott Iskowitz / Associated Press

Publix has announced that it will begin requiring all store emplyees to wear face coverings beginning on Monday, April 20.

Visitors Cheer As Jacksonville Beaches Reopen

Apr 18, 2020
Atlantic Beach on the morning of Saturday, April 18, 2020.
WJCT Contributor / WJCT News

Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach expected a crowd when the beaches reopened Friday afternoon for the first time in a month, and they weren’t wrong. A cheer went up just after 5 p.m. when barriers to the beach access came down.

Number Of Confirmed Cases In FL Surpasses 25,000; Jacksonville At 824

Apr 18, 2020
Cars line up outside the Central Outreach Wellness Center on the Northside of Pittsburgh Monday, March 16, 2020, for drive-by testing for COVID-19.
Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press

The Florida Department of Health released updated numbers Saturday morning about the coronavirus in the state. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responds to a question at a news conference at the Urban League of Broward County, during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, April 17, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that Florida is getting more than $4.1 billion in federal relief through the CARES Act.

Thousands Of Florida Inmates Exposed To COVID-19

Apr 18, 2020
A housing unit inside a state correctional institution.
Jacqueline Larma / Associated Press

Florida Department of Corrections officials on Friday reversed course and released comprehensive data about thousands of inmates who have been exposed to the coronavirus while incarcerated.

Edward Waters College
Edward Waters College

Jacksonville’s Historically Black College, Edward Waters College, announced Friday that it will be taking several steps to help its students who have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

A resident drives his golf card down what usually is a busy street in The Villages, Florida.
John Raoux / Associated Press

The so-called “Safer At Home” Executive Order issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on April 1 says senior citizens and people with significant underlying medical conditions “shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19,” but it seems that is more of a suggestion than a mandate.

News4Jax

 

On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis met with his newly-formed task force to discuss how to reopen the state. This meeting comes as he faces growing criticism over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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