Memorial Hospital

Hospital administrators on Monday gave House committees a glimpse into the challenges facing health care professionals, describing efforts to re-imagine how care is delivered amid a nursing shortage and sizable financial hit from the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the forefront of the concerns is a shortage of nurses, which the executives told lawmakers has created an emergency for hospital administrators.

State Goes to Appeals Court in School Board Mask Fight

Sep 21, 2021
News Service Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has asked an appeals court to block challenges filed by five school boards against a Department of Health rule aimed at preventing students from being forced to wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 file photo, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis answers questions related to school openings and the wearing of masks in Surfside.
Marta Lavandier / Associated Press

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and one of his Democratic gubernatorial challengers, state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, are butting heads over programs designed to help feed low-income children.

File photo of a food distribution event.

Between March and November of 2020, the nonprofit food distribution organization Farm Share handed out more than a hundred-million pounds of food across the Sunshine State.

Centers for Disease Control

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida continued on an upward trend overnight, hitting 18,494 on Saturday morning, an increase of 526, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The number of confirmed deaths reached 438 -- an overnight increase of 19. No new deaths were reported in Northeast Florida counties tracked by News4Jax. A 54-year-old Clay County man became the eighth person to die in the county after contracting COVID-19, the health department reported Friday evening.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams
Video still from U.S. Surgeon General's Twitter account

The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending that everyone wear a cloth face mask whenever we go anywhere outside our homes. To help make more available, a grassroots movement has launched in Jacksonville to spread awareness about mask-wearing and get more masks into people's hands.