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Sarah Glenn

SPRING 2020 FIRST COAST CONNECT WITH MELISSA ROSS INTERN ​

Sarah is joining WJCT as a spring intern from the University of North Florida, where she is majoring in multimedia journalism.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday that Florida’s unemployment rate in April was 12.9%, higher than during the Great Recession. 

 

 


Florida has entered the Phase 1 stage of reopening with restaurants operating at 25 percent capacity. Parks and beaches have also reopened, across much of the state. 

 


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

 

On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis met with his newly-formed task force to discuss how to reopen the state. This meeting comes as he faces growing criticism over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Many COVID-19 patients are losing their sense of taste and smell. Doctors aren’t sure why, but a new research effort starting here in Florida aims to find out. 

 


 

Hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, has been touted by some politicians, including President Donald Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis to treat coronavirus, but it does not have the approval of the Centers for Disease Control for this use.

 


 

After mounting pressure, Governor Ron DeSantis issued a safer at home order for the entire state of Florida this week, to try and slow the spread of COVID-19.

 

Governor Ron DeSantis has resisted pressure to shut down the state. Critics say he’s being too timid in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

On today’s program we discussed teacher pay and E-Verify, as Florida lawmakers prepare to reconvene on January 14.