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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.

COVID-19 Update; Plan To Reopen Florida's Schools

A health care worker carries a stack of clipboards at a COVID-19 testing site
AP PHOTO/LYNNE SLADKY
A health care worker carries a stack of clipboards at a COVID-19 testing site sponsored by Community Heath of South Florida at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Center, during the coronavirus pandemic.

This week, we took a closer look at the rising number of COVID-19 cases, how patients are being cared for, and what’s being done to try and help slow the spread of the virus in Florida.

Our guests were:

Tom Hladish, Research Scientist at the University of Florida in the Department of Biology and the Emerging Pathogens Institute

Daylina Miller, WUSF Reporter

Chad Nielsen, Director of Accreditation and Infection Prevention at UF Health Jacksonville

Reopening Schools

This week, Florida public schools were told they need to be ready to welcome students and teachers back to their buildings when schools start in August. However, several large school districts in South Florida have already signaled they won’t reopen buildings until the infection rate drops. We spoke about the plan to reopen schools with Dr. Paul Robinson, President, Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and Fedrick Ingram, President, Florida Education Association.

Denetra Lee can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org.