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Your Coronavirus Questions, Answered Here

Jul 23, 2020
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Last updated: July 23

Several readers have reached out with questions about coronavirus. Here are the answers.

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February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. In joining forces with the event, the Florida Department of Health is offering free preventive medication at all of the state’s 67 county health departments.

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Update 10:03 a.m.: Reggie Brown''s office has rescheduled the forum for August 4, 2018. In a short news release Thursday morning, the office said more details are forthcoming. Check back for more updates.

At Jacksonville City Hall Thursday, Councilman Reggie Brown said Duval County is suffering from a “literacy health crisis,” saying not enough people know and understand health facts and are able to implement them in their daily lives.

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:03).  

We spoke with Jennifer Harrison with the Amelia Island Museum of History about the upcoming Cottages and Courtyards tour. (46:00).


With less of a threat, the state of Florida has discontinued its Zika virus hotline.

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The rate of babies being born early is going up across the country. There were 8,000 more preterm births in the U.S. last year than the previous year, and Jacksonville’s rate is worse than the country’s.

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The Duval County Health Department will receive just over a half million dollars from the state Department of Environmental Protection for its septic tank survey project.

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The federal government will be studying Jacksonville residents’ health habits.

The National Institutes of Health has chosen Duval as one of the 15 counties nationwide that will participate in its annual survey.

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At least one person in Duval County has caught West Nile virus from a mosquito, the health department warned Thursday.

In a news release, health officials said they’re concerned more people will become sick, as they’ve seen a recent increase in mosquito-borne disease activity.

Symptoms of West Nile range from fever and headaches to comas and paralysis, according to the CDC.

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Duval Health Officials say not enough kids in the county are getting vaccinated — but a new immunization center on the Southside could help change that.

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Florida’s infant mortality rate is lower than ever, but that isn't the case in the northeastern part of the state.

Duval County's infant mortality rate is higher than the state average, and a disproportionately high number of babies who die are African-American, according to the Duval County Health Department.


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The Duval County Health Department is reminding people to avoid algae in the St. Johns River.

Health officials want people to know the dangers of blue-green algae in the St. Johns.

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The Florida Health Department is hosting town hall meetings across Northeast Florida this month to give residents a chance to discuss healthcare issues.

The information gathered at these meetings is part of the Community Health Needs Assessment the state conducts every three years.

Duval County Health Department spokesman Charles Griggs says the assessment allows hospitals to improve strategic planning specific to their region.

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The Florida Department of Health in Duval County is currently investigating a local high school after a student at the school was hospitalized for tuberculosis.

Officials at the health department said they will evaluate about 150 students and staff at William Raines High School who were potentially exposed to the disease after a student began exhibiting symptoms.


It’s only three weeks until school starts up again in Duval County but some kids won’t make it past the front door.

Health officials are reminding parents that students need to be up-to-date on their vaccinations before they go back to school.

Dr. Kelli Wells, director of the Duval County Health Department, says many children get sent home each year because they don’t have the proper immunizations.

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Clinics all over Jacksonville will be administering HIV tests on the house this week.

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Many people may disregard AIDS as the terrifying epidemic of the 1980’s and 90's, but others say there is still a colossal problem with new infections.

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Tomorrow is National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day, and local advocates say there will be plenty of opportunities to get tested in Jacksonville.

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Florida health officials have forecast that 60 percent of state residents will be overweight by 2030. A global group with presidential ties is trying to stop that trend.

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The Duval County Health Department sees obesity as the biggest threat to having a vibrant and healthy community.

Duval County Food Summit Hopes To Change How Kids Eat

Nov 15, 2013
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The Duval County 2013 Food Summit has an ambitious goal this year; change the way children eat.

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Despite the fact that a flesh-eating bacteria has been making headlines recently, officials with the Duval County Health Department say the number of infections in Florida is about the same as last year.

Karen Elliot, Surveillance Epidemiologist for DCHD,  says while Flagler and Volusia Counties have posted warnings about the bacteria Vibro Vulnificus the number of cases in Florida have remained steady over the past several years.