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12 Kids Treated In Jacksonville For Suspected COVID-Linked Syndrome

May 21, 2020
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Florida has a growing number of children with a COVID-19 related illness, but how long it has been attacking children and the number of pediatric patients who have been treated remains a mystery.

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The Children’s Home Society of Florida has announced it is hosting a “Farm Share Food Giveaway” event at Wilkinson Jr. High School in Middleburg on Thursday, Aug. 9, which is expected to help feed more than 1,000 Clay County families with fresh produce and groceries.

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Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis said he wants to discourage violence on city properties by declaring them “Hit-Free zones.”

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect, ahead of Wednesday’s expected walkout by students around the country, we spoke with parent Patrick O’Donoghue and students Mia Cleary of Ponte Vedra High, Ajay Sasha of Nease High and Monique Sampson from UNF Students for a Democratic Society (01:06).  

We heard about an upcoming symposium on autism at the University of North Florida with doctors Celine Saulnier and Nathan Call along with parent Jackie Bargas and her autistic son St. John (31:19).

Moveable Feast featured international hospitality consultant Sandi Galloway (39:02).

First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacey Goldring featured the book Little Fires Everywhere (46:00).    

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with outgoing University of North Florida President John Delaney and Ambassador Marilyn McAfee of the World Affairs Council on the upcoming appearance by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on campus later this month (01:08).      

Florida Forum Speaker Series chairs Jane Pomar and Katherine Forrester told us about the upcoming speakers to benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital (34:07).

Local singer Dalton Cyr joined the show and performed in-studio from his latest album (46:00). 


Friday on First Coast Connect we held our weekly Media Roundtable with Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and WJCT business analyst John Burr (01:07).

We heard about this weekend’s Art and Antique Show with Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital board member Robin Albaneze and Saturday’s Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship with Chriss Brown of 927 Events and owner of food truck Mr. Potato Spread Laquitta Spann (33:09).         

We had a preview Saturday Night’s Song Book Showcase with co-founder Pamela Bryant and performer Cheech Forain (46:00).   


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Jacksonville’s Wolfson Children’s Hospital is challenging the state’s rejection of its application to operate a trauma center.


Wednesday on First Coast Connect, JEA employees Al Johnson and Terence Adams joined the show to discuss the complaint they field with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing the utility of discrimination. PACE Center for Girls President and CEO Mary Marx talked about their latest grant to help at-risk girls. Anna Neal, co-chair of 40th Arts and Antiques Show benefiting Wolfson Children’s Hospital, joined us to talk about this weekend’s event. Travel expert Judy Wells told us about her recent trip to China and comedian and performer Jeff Bradley joined us live in studio. 

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Forty-nine children and their families, including one from Clay County, are hoping face-to-face meetings with members of Congress helps lawmakers understand the plight of kids with medically complex conditions.

The group is lobbying leaders to pass a law expanding coordination between medical specialists across state lines.


  We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics writer; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include this week's Republican presidential debate, the bill that would allow Jacksonville to extend a sales tax to cover pension costs, and more.


Over the past 15 years, the global response to HIV/AIDS has vastly slowed the spread of the disease, averting more than 30 million new HIV infections and nearly eight million deaths since 2000.

New HIV infections are down 35 percent in the past 15 years, and AIDS-related deaths have fallen by more than 40 percent in about the same period. The discovery of antiretroviral treatments in the 1990s turned an HIV diagnosis from a death sentence into a chronic illness. But even though new HIV drugs can save lives, and halt the transmission of the virus, there remain big gaps in access to treatment.

Here in town, the local LGBT group JASMYN this week announced the new three-year AIDSFreeJax Campaign to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, primarily among Northeast Florida youth who are at particular risk.

We speak with Cindy Watson, executive director of JASMYN, and First Coast physician Dr. Dori Russ.


U.S. Congressman Sick With Whooping Cough

Aug 4, 2015
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Miami Congressman Carlos Curbelo has been diagnosed with whooping cough, also called pertussis.

Curbelo’s office says the freshman Republican was vaccinated against whooping cough as a child but never got the recommended booster shots as an adult.

The disease is typically marked by a severe cough that is often followed by a deep breath that sounds like a “whoop.”

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Sunday said the death of Sandra Bland, who officials say committed suicide in her Texas jail cell after she was detained following a routine traffic stop, shows the importance of training police officers to de-escalate high-pressure situations. We speak with Toni Chrabot, recently-retired FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge out of Jacksonville, who trained agencies in de-escalation procedures.


There has been a recent string of deaths due to child abuse in Northeast Florida.

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Tomorrow marks Child Mental Health Awareness Day, a day set aside to focus on the importance of children’s mental health — that positive mental health is essential to a kid’s whole development.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

The Gate Foundation is teaming up with Ronald McDonald House Charities for a fundraising campaign. The in-store campaign features the sale of Ronald McDonald paper houses that feature their logo.

The Neviaser Charitable Foundation

A generous donation from a Jacksonville-based non-profit will support research and services for local terminally ill children, including a new fellowship at the University of Florida.

An ancient spiritual practice — meditation has amazing physical and mental benefits. It's an activity we typically think of it as something adults do.

However, medical professionals on the First Coast say teaching meditation to your children can be a profound way of passing these benefits on to the next generation. 

First Coast Connect spoke with Dr. Michael De La Hunt, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Nemours Children’s Clinic.