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UF HEALTH JACKSONVILLE
UF HEALTH JACKSONVILLE

Health care workers are among those on the front lines of the coronavius outbreak. As more of them start to become sick, they're starting to speak out about the risks they're facing and asking for changes to working conditions in hospitals.

Aubrey Holland, performs tests at the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories on Monday, March 2, 2020, in Miami, where the COVID-19 virus is being tested at the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories.
Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

Jacksonville-area hospitals are taking extra precautions against the new coronavirus — though there are no confirmed cases in Northeast Florida.

Healthmobile Bus
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

A new mobile health bus will be making its rounds around the city with a goal of helping Jacksonville’s homeless population.

Photo of People wearing facemasks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Martin Meissner / Associated Press

The Florida Department of Health announced the first two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the state on Sunday night, in Hillsborough and Manatee counties.

Florida has its first two cases of COVID-19 as patients in Hillsborough and Manatee counties tested positive for the virus, officials from the Florida Department of Health announced Sunday night.

State Labs Now Testing For Coronavirus

Mar 2, 2020

A top Florida Department of Health official said Saturday that three laboratories in the state can now test for the novel coronavirus, the contagious disease known as COVID-19.

Deputy Secretary of Health Shamarial Roberson told The News Service of Florida that state laboratories in Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa can conduct tests instead of sending samples to federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention labs in Atlanta.

“It is good news,” Roberson said, adding, “it leads to more timely testing.”

Updated at 10:15 p.m. ET

Four more people in the Seattle area have died after contracting COVID-19, health officials say, bringing the total in both Washington state and the U.S. to six. The state now has a total of 18 cases.

Three of the people who died were residents of King County, Wash., which now has 14 confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The fourth person had been living in Snohomish County, north of Seattle. That county has a total of four cases.

Duval County Has Florida's Highest Number Of Hepatitis A Cases

Feb 25, 2020
Syringe photo
Rick Callahan / AP File photo

Florida has topped 280 reported cases of hepatitis A this year, with the largest numbers in Duval and Volusia counties. 

ShareMD Pays $67 Million For Southbank Tower Anchored By One Call, Baptist Health

Feb 21, 2020

Atlanta-based ShareMD, a medical office building owner and operator paid $67 million for Eight Forty One, the Southbank office tower anchored by One Call and Baptist Health.

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville
MikesMegapixels / Wikimedia Commons

Baptist Medical Center is expanding its mental health acute care clinic to include children.

VA Considering Jacksonville Sites For Outpatient Clinic

Feb 19, 2020
The Jacksonville VA University Clinic at 3901 Memorial Health Plaza is pictured.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking at sites in Jacksonville to construct and lease a new outpatient clinic.

Flu A Bigger Worry In Florida Than Coronavirus

Feb 19, 2020
David Goldman / Associated Press

The flu remains a far deadlier illness to worry about in Florida than the coronavirus, state lawmakers were told on Tuesday.

UF To Professors: Stop Ordering Sick Students To Be Tested For Coronavirus

Feb 17, 2020
UF campus aerial view
University of Florida via Twitter

Florida’s flagship university is warning its professors to stop requiring students who may be visibly sick to leave class and be tested for the new coronavirus.

Rhesus Macaque climbing on a branch in the forest
John Raoux / Associated Press

Rhesus macaque monkeys have been in Florida since the late 1930s, when they were imported from Southeast Asia.

Recent sightings in Jacksonville’s Julington Creek neighborhood and throughout St. Johns County have  put the monkeys in the national spotlight.

JFRD Firefighter Finishes Chemo As Florida Works Out Flaws With Firefighter Cancer Bill

Jan 31, 2020
FRESH TAKE FLORIDA

When Jacksonville firefighter Brian Kernohan complained to his doctor of merciless headaches two summers ago, he expected to get a prescription for a sinus infection, not a diagnosis of brain cancer. 

A bill that would exempt applied behavior analysis clinics from needing an expensive state license is headed to the Florida House floor for a vote in the next month.

Supporters of the proposed bill say clinics that treat children on the autism spectrum will face tough financial decisions if it doesn't pass.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaking
Steven Senne / Associated Press

United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams was in Jacksonville on Monday to speak with at the Lutheran Services in America CEO Summit in Atlantic Beach on the benefits of investing in health in Florida.

The Baptist Clay Medical Campus on Fleming Island.
Baptist Health

Baptist Health is adding to its footprint in Clay County.

Photo of the CarePredict Tempo Series 3 wearable
John Locher / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Wearable healthcare devices are on the rise. According to the Pew Research Center, one in five Americans use a smart watch or fitness tracker and the innovations don’t stop there.

Associated Press

The City of Jacksonville and Daily’s are teaming up on a new campaign to educate middle and high school students about the dangers that vaping poses to teenagers.

State Could Take Hit In Hospital Funding

Jan 9, 2020
Bobby Caina Calvan / Associated Press

As Florida lawmakers prepare to start the 2020 legislative session, the state is being confronted with a $70.4 million loss in the coming months in the amount of Medicaid money it gets to fund hospitals, train future physicians and treat people who are mentally ill.

More than 1.9 million Floridians signed up for health coverage through the federal marketplace during the enrollment period that ended Dec. 17.

Patients would get expanded access to prescription drugs under a bill in the Legislature that allows pharmacies to operate medication-dispensing kiosks.

Floridians Flock To Federal Health-Insurance Exchange Plans

Dec 5, 2019
SSgt. Derrick C. Goode, U.S. Air Force / Via Wikimedia Commons

Topping the nation, 796,858 Floridians had chosen health plans on the federal health-insurance exchange as of Saturday, according to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

UF Health Jacksonville Among 66 Hospitals That Would Benefit From Governor’s Proposal

Dec 5, 2019
News Service of Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis has proposed creating a program that would increase funding for high-performing hospitals, a move that could mean more money for 66 hospitals across Florida, according to an analysis by a statewide hospital association.

Mayo Clinic

Jacksonville’s reputation as one of the world’s cancer treatment destinations is continuing to grow with word that Mayo Clinic and Hitachi will build what they say is North America’s first carbon ion therapy treatment facility.

State lawmakers are turning to charity to help uninsured patients get their medications.

A bill with bipartisan support would allow pharmacists, doctors and health care facilities to donate unused prescription drugs to a state repository that could be accessed by indigent, uninsured or under-insured patients.

Schools Could Get Antidote To Opioid Overdoses

Nov 12, 2019
Mark Oniffrey / Wikimedia Commons

Medicine cabinets at Florida schools could get a new addition: an antidote for people who overdose on opioids such as heroin.

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

The benefits of human touch are well documented. But we find ourselves increasingly isolated.

Welcome Images / Wikimedia Commons

The Duval County Health Department recently confirmed its first case of measles in an unvaccinated child.

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