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COVID Update – 4/14

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Florida Surgeon General: Social Distancing Could Continue for Another Year  At yesterday’s cabinet coronavirus meeting, Florida Department of Health Secretary and Surgeon General Scott Rivkees told reporters to expect continued social distancing measures until a vaccine against coronavirus is approved, which could take “probably a year if not longer”. Rivkees was removed from the meeting by the Governor’s Communications Director, Helen…

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COVID Update – 4/13

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I-4 Construction to Accelerate   On Saturday, Governor DeSantis and Department of Transportation Secretary Thibault announced that construction on I-4 will be accelerated by 1-2 months. The $2.3 billion 21-mile project is over 250 days behind schedule, but is expected to be completed in late 2021. As a result of this, expect additional…

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COVID Update – 4/10

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Status of Florida Schools Uncertain  Florida schools may remain closed through the rest of the semester, though some counties may allow students to return on campuses before others. With schools set to remain closed until May 1, Governor DeSantis has not definitively decided how long remote learning will last. Yesterday, DeSantis commented: “if we get to the point where people think…

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COVID Update – 4/9

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$250 Billion Business Aid Package Stalled  A $250 billion bill to supplement a “business paycheck protection program” in response to disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic will not be fast-tracked through the Senate. Democratic Senators did not give unanimous consent to pushing the bill through in its current form, requesting that “protections for minority-owned businesses” and “matching money for health care providers and…

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COVID Update – 4/8

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Tomorrow: Jacksonville Webinar About Small Business Relief Program  Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, JAXChamber, and VyStar Credit Union will host a webinar tomorrow, April 9th, to offer more information about their Small Business Relief Program. Earlier this week, the Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved a relief package for small businesses, which will pay a $1,000 grant and cover the fees,…

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COVID Update – 4/7

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Hillsborough County Schools May Finish School Year Online  Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Addison Davis has indicated that county schools may continue remote teaching through the rest of the school year. On yesterday’s Facebook Live with Mayor Castor, Superintendent Davis reported that Hillsborough is prepared for this possibility and is also preparing to conduct summer classes via online learning. Graduation ceremonies may be…

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COVID Update – 4/6

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Hillsborough County to Test All First Responders and Medical Staff at Nursing Homes  Hillsborough County has received 44,000 rapid response kits to test first responders, including fire, EMS, and police. The kits will also be used to test staff at assisted living facilities and nursing homes. The results from the tests only take 10 minutes and are administered via…

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COVID Update – 4/3

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Statewide Stay-at-Home Order In Effect  Governor DeSantis’ statewide stay-at-home order is in effect as of 12:01AM this morning. Essential businesses can remain operational. Essential activities are also allowed to continue, like dog walking, recreational activities, and religious services. The Governor’s Office has reportedly confirmed that golf is included as an essential activity under the…

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