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It isn’t a million-dollar prize, but the local health department in Duval County is offering its own incentive for people to get COVID vaccines. 

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Duval County reported Florida’s highest number of hepatitis A cases in 2020, according to the News Service of Florida. 

In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 photo, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine lab technician processes blood samples from volunteers taking part in testing the NIH funded Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Miami.
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Dr. Pauline Rolle with the Florida Department of Health in Duval County told a Jacksonville City Council committee Monday that she expects the first batch of a COVID-19 vaccine to be given out by the end of this year.

A "social distance zone" sign in a Neptune Beach neighborhood.
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Florida law allows the state Surgeon General to enforce the isolation or quarantine of individuals believed to pose a threat to public health.

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Several bars and breweries have found themselves at odds with the Florida Department of Health over a recent crackdown on a rule that prohibits pets inside businesses that serve food.

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The Florida Department of Health in Duval County is reminding bar owners that pets are not allowed inside facilities that serve food or beverages.

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The Florida Department of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval) announced Thursday morning that there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in the area.

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Friday on First Coast Connect, our weekly Media Roundtable with guests Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:10).       

We met South African ophthalmologist Dr. Bayanda Mbambisa who is in Jacksonville as part of the Rotary Club’s Mike Williams Visionary Scholars program. Bill Sorenson also joined us. He’s co-chair of the committee (35:54).       

Ahead of Saturday’s annual ArborEATUM fundraiser for the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens we were joined by Board of Directors President Lawrence Geirum and board member Melinda Simmons (46:00).   

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A recent Harvard study concluded Jacksonville residents could save close to $40 million in health care costs annually if the city were to tax sugary drinks.

Researcher Steve Gortmaker said the tax would help cut down on obesity.