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The Florida Roundup
The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our hosts, veteran journalists from our partner public radio stations: WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami and WJCT’s Melissa Ross, broadcasting from Jacksonville.

Reopening Florida; Coronavirus And Long-term Care Facilities

Atlantic Beach in Duval County is pictured on Saturday, April 18, after partially reopening.
Atlantic Beach in Duval County is pictured on Saturday, April 18, after partially reopening.

 

Some parts of the state are gradually reopening, even as the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continue rising.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has assembled a task force to make recommendations on how to reopen different sections of the state’s economy in the hopes of safely getting businesses and people back to work. We spoke with   Tampa Bay Times  reporter  Lawrence Mower to get more details on the group. 

Public media reporters across Florida also joined us to share reopening plans in their area. They included: 


Coronavirus and Long-term Care Facilities

On Saturday, April 18, the governor released the names of the long-term care facilities with reported cases of COVID-19. Marty Goetz, Chief Executive Officer at River Garden Senior Services in Jacksonville, and Mary Ellen Klaas, Capital Bureau Chief at the  Miami Heraldjoined us to discuss the impact of coronavirus at long-term care facilities.  

Sarah Glenn can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org, 904-358-6317

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