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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. 

Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press April 15 File Photo

As the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so too are the layoff notices being filed with the state.

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. 

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The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization is conducting a survey to find out where new sidewalks are needed in St. Johns County.

Now hiring sign
David Zalubowski / AP File photo

The devastation Florida's economy is experiencing from the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming more apparent each day with the launch of a new unemployment tracking tool by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

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.

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.
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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.

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Late Friday morning St. Johns County announced a partial reopening of its public beaches.

St. Johns County beaches are now open from 6 a.m. to noon seven days a week, but with many of the same limitations going into effect at Duval’s limited reopening of its beaches.

Jacksonville Arts and Music School student Linnai of House Davis (Music) playing bass guitar.
Elizabeth Brown / Oak Marsh Photography

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville will be giving $2,500 grants to six local organizations.

A police officer directing cars.
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Leaders in Clay County are hoping to get back to “some sort of normalcy” by Memorial Day.

FSCJ's Deerwood Center
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Florida State College at Jacksonville is launching a new program in the midst of the uncertain times caused by COVID-19 to help low-income high school seniors receive "accelerated career-related training and personal critical soft-skill development."

The Flagler Beach Pier
Victor Rugg / Wikimedia Commons

Flagler County has announced that it will begin offering coronavirus tests to some residents.

Dan Scanlan / Florida Times-Union 2018 file photo

Well those didn't last long.

The signs pointing I-95 drivers to The Jacksonville Landing that were added to a Downtown service road as part of the Overland Bridge Interstate Reconstruction Project in 2018 are coming down.

Mayor Curry alongside emergency personnel in the city, speaking in front of a table with the city's logo on it. Curtains the the U.S. flag in the background.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Tuesday afternoon, the City Council will consider two emergency bills that allow recently retired Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department firefighters and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office police and corrections officers to work during the COVID-19 crisis without it having an impact on their pensions.

Ponte Vedra Beach on March 19, 2020.
Heather Schatz / WJCT News

St. Johns County has extended its local state of emergency by seven days to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

 A woman takes a child's temperature with a Kinsa smart thermometer.
Kinsa

The city of St. Augustine plans to give out 600 smart thermometers from Kinsa, a company that’s trying to stop the spread of contagious illnesses like COVID-19.

A sign reading "My Teacher Misses Me" outside of an Atlantic Beach home.
David Luckin / WJCT News

St. Johns County’s leading medical expert says the nation was unprepared for coronavirus and that leaders and residents aren’t doing enough to stop its spread.

LM Otero / Associated Press

Low-income people in the state’s major food-assistance program will be able to make online grocery purchases to help protect them from the spread of COVID-19.

PPE being delivered to Baptist Medical Center.
Aidan Chau / Artfully Green

As governments, businesses, and organizations struggle with the coronavirus pandemic, individuals are stepping up to lend a helping hand, including three Northeast Florida teens.

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

As COVID-19 surges in places throughout the country, Floridians can expect the worst of the infection in about two weeks, according to NPR.

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

Community Easter egg hunts may not be possible this year during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the kids might have some fun joining some big cats on a hunt of their own — virtually, of course.

Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

A Florida girl recently got a huge surprise for her 9th birthday. 

person on their phone, just the person's hand about to tap on their screen
Jenny Kane / Associated Press

Duval County is opening a hotline for seniors who are dealing with stress and anxiety due to COVID-19. 

San Marco buildings acquired by Sleiman Enterprises
SLEIMAN ENTERPRISES

One of Jacksonville’s largest property managers is waiving rent payments for April and May for its small and locally owned tenants who are struggling with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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