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    The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested 50-year-old David White for using a hoax weapon of mass destruction after he sprayed a substance labeled “COVID-19” on the doors and entrance of a Jacksonville business. JSO said White told employees and patrons of the business they were now infected with coronavirus after he sprayed the substance. #JSO has arrested a subject for a COVID-19 threat at a local business. David R. White (W/M 50) arrested after spraying an unknown substance on the entrance doors and threatening patrons with COVID-19. For more, go to: https://t.co/G6Gng67vy5 pic.twitter.com/HCH7CrVlYi — Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) March 30, 2020 JSO’s Intelligence Unit and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated the incident and identified White as the suspect. The business took precautionary measures to sanitize the area where White sprayed the substance. For live updates on the coronavirus, click here . RELATED:  Florida coronavirus cases | Georgia coronavirus cases | Symptoms | How to stay healthy |  Interactive map: Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard  | Interactive Map: Coronavirus cases around the world STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis said a man traveling from New York, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, was intercepted by the National Guard at the Jacksonville International Airport. Desantis said the man thought he had recovered from having COVID-19 symptoms but when he made it to the airport the National Guard stopped him. “He could’ve stayed at home and got better, self-quarantined because I’m pretty sure he knew before he even got on the plane,” said Desiree Washington, a mother flying through Jacksonville. Washington made the trip from Indiana to Jacksonville to come pick up her one-year-old son. With a container of disinfectant wipes tucked in her arms, she’s making sure not to get infected or spread germs. For live updates on the coronavirus, click here . RELATED:  Florida coronavirus cases | Georgia coronavirus cases | Symptoms | How to stay healthy |  Interactive map: Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard  | Interactive Map: Coronavirus cases around the world “You have to think about the kids whose immune systems are not as strong as yours, you’ve got to think about your grandma you might take it back to,” Washington said. Action News Jax found out that a flight from New York was canceled moments before it was supposed to arrive in Jacksonville on Saturday. This week, DeSantis issued an executive order that would require a 14-day self-quarantine for everyone coming into Florida from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Orleans. In a news conference, DeSantis called those areas virus hot zones. “I think it an issue when people in hot zones leaving hot zone coming to other parts of the country,” DeSantis said. “I am happy that they are taking the precautions -- that they need to simmer it down a little bit -- because that’s an example that they are taking it seriously,” Washington said. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • Manifest Distillery in downtown Jacksonville is joining others to produce hand sanitizer for workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The batch is specifically meant to benefit the City of Jacksonville’s testing site at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center The distillery is collaborating with Telescope Health on this project. By doing this, it allows the local company to keep its workers on the payroll. “Everything that we’re making now and at least foreseeable future will be prioritized to basically the front line health care workers,” said David Cohen, head distiller at Manifest. A local distillery is distributing ‘homemade’ hand sanitizer to the Prime Osborne testing site today. The partnership is helping both local health care works stay safe and local employees keep their jobs @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/DNvrSEabg4 — Meghan Moriarty (@MeghanANjax) March 28, 2020 For live updates on the coronavirus, click here . RELATED:  Florida coronavirus cases | Georgia coronavirus cases | Symptoms | How to stay healthy |  Interactive map: Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard  | Interactive Map: Coronavirus cases around the world The company donated 2,000 small bottles of the homemade hand sanitizer to the Prime Osborn testing site on Saturday. The Prime Osborn is one of two COVID-19 testing sites in Jacksonville; the other is located at Lot J outside TIAA Bank Field. “This is an amazing surplus of supplies to keep the people who work at those tent sites safe,” said Dr. Matthew Thompson with Telehealth. The Prime Osborn testing site is now free for first responders, medical personnel and those with symptoms as of Friday. “The tent testing site is going extremely well right now,” Thompson said. “Today [Saturday] we should surpass 1,000 tests.” Manifest said it plans to continue producing hand sanitizer for as long as its needed. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • Governor Ron DeSantis says the state is stepping up enforcement of social distancing on Florida’s waterways. This word comes after many complaints about crowd sizes on boats. Some boaters are worried that a few people not taking the rules seriously could ruin it for everyone else. “What they are doing is tying all of these boats together and having large group parties. I’m directing FWC to issue an emergency order to enforce the social distancing rules on the waterways,” DeSantis said in a news conference Friday. For live updates on the coronavirus, click here . RELATED:  Florida coronavirus cases | Georgia coronavirus cases | Symptoms | How to stay healthy |  Interactive map: Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard  | Interactive Map: Coronavirus cases around the world Although the governor has chosen not to lock down the state to contain the virus, he said the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission received reports that boaters are violating social-distancing requirements. “I’m going out with my roommate Troy on the boat, go cruising around, just moved to Jacksonville,” said Kendrick Holsten. But for boaters like Holsten, getting out safely two or three times a week is the only way to free his mind. “Be careful, wash your hands, enjoy your life and try to make the most out of this situation,” Holsten said. Action News Jax spotted dozens of boaters at Mike Mccue park and boat ramp Friday afternoon. Some boaters who asked not to be on camera told Action News Jax reporter Jamarlo Phillips the boating community has been good about keeping distance during the outbreak. “You don’t want things to be worse than they are now. Right now you can still go to the grocery store, gas station and still come out here. If more people start getting sick, more things will start shutting down. It’s not good for anybody,” Holsten said. On average, positive COVID-19 cases have been doubling every three days in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health. DeSantis says by enforcing social distancing, the numbers could keep from climbing higher. “Having close contact with people or being in large crowds, I mean those are the two ways you can most likely transmit or contract the virus, so we can’t be having these large crowds,” said DeSantis. Action News Jax is working to learn the penalties a boater could face if they don’t follow social distancing rules. FWC says their focus has been safe boating. They also encourage you to use the guidelines from the Department of Health and CDC about social distancing. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • It’s been nearly two weeks since social distancing restrictions were put in place here in Florida and our local restaurants continue to feel the hurt. “All of our shifts have been pretty much canceled. We’ve lost a lot of catering gigs like weddings and baby showers that we had booked,” said Ashley Amin, owner of Fusion Food Truck. And with nearly every local restaurant in the same situation as Amin’s, Jacksonville Restaurant Reviews came up with an idea to help them out during this tough time. They have started virtual cooking classes taught by local chefs like Amin. For live updates on the coronavirus, click here . RELATED:  Florida coronavirus cases | Georgia coronavirus cases | Symptoms | How to stay healthy |  Interactive map: Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard  | Interactive Map: Coronavirus cases around the world “This is great, what Jacksonville Restaurant Review is doing for all the chefs here in Jacksonville, putting a virtual class where people can buy tickets and cook with us.” It’s a way for families to stay in the comfort of their own homes, practice social distancing, and learn a thing or two about cooking along the way. “We have to keep going. We have to pay our bills, so we need everyone’s support right now,” Amin said. To sign up for upcoming virtual cooking classes head to JaxRestaurantReviews.com and click on the virtual cooking classes tab.​ STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • Dr. Sunil Joshi of Family Allergy and Asthma Consultants, recommends the following when bringing in outside food to your home: Wash your hands. Order hot foods when possible. The warmer the food, the less likely any virus is to survive. Warm up the food once you receive it. Take the food out of the container, and put it on to your own plate. Use your own silverware. It should be noted that the Food and Drug Administration says there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the spread of COVID-19: “Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. CDC notes that in general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures. It is more likely that a person will be exposed by person-to-person transmission involving close contact with someone who is ill or shedding the virus.” STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • Starting Saturday, the federal drive-thru coronavirus testing site at Lot J at TIAA Bank Field will be waiving the fever requirement. Previously, patients who wanted to be tested had to have an on-site temperature of 99.6 degrees or higher. Instead, patients will only need to exhibit respiratory symptoms or be a first responder or healthcare worker who has direct contact with patients.  While a doctor’s order and appointment are not required, you will be evaluated by a medical professional on site. If you don't meet the requirements, you will not be tested.  If you wish to be tested, you need to follow the following rules:  • Bring your own pen  • Bring a photo ID (first responders and healthcare professionals should bring a work ID)  • Refrain from taking any fever-reducing medicine four to six hours before testing  • Remain inside of vehicle at all times  A maximum of four people per car can be tested.  With long lines expected around the stadium, drivers coming from the Westside should use Bay Street, while drivers coming from the Eastside should use Gator Bowl Boulevard. The site is open from 9 AM to 5 PM, 7 days a week.
  • Help at the city level could soon be on the way for small businesses in Jacksonville. The coronavirus pandemic is taking a big bite out of the bottom line for many small businesses. The restaurant, hospitality and tourism industries are among the hardest hit. The president of the JAX Chamber, Daniel Davis, said it’s too soon to know exactly what the impact is, but we should know more in a month. For live updates on the coronavirus, click here . RELATED:  Florida coronavirus cases | Georgia coronavirus cases | Symptoms | How to stay healthy |  Interactive map: Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard  | Interactive Map: Coronavirus cases around the world “We conducted a survey of our chamber membership and got significant response rates. We will be releasing that survey to the public and to elected officials to let them know what our members, what small businesses, need,” said Davis. In the mean time, Davis said much of the chamber’s focus will be to make sure that its members understand how to navigate their federal stimulus relief. Mayor Curry, a former business owner himself, said the city will help too. The plan isn’t finalized, but he said this during a Thursday virtual news conference when asked if it’ll include direct payment to businesses: “The concept that we have at this point I believe that’s a very high possibility.” Action News Jax also spoke with the mayor’s chief administrative officer, Brian Hughes, who said that helping businesses will in turn help individuals keep their job. The question is: what can the city afford to do? We’ll learn more about that next week. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • Action News Jax reporter Christy Turner will have the full story on CBS47, FOX30. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order earlier this week that requires anyone flying to Florida from New York, Connecticut and New Jersey to self-isolate for 14 days. Now, the Nassau County Board of Commissioners has finalized an order that requires anyone driving from N.Y., N.J. and C.T. to self-isolate for 14 days and let the health department and hotels know before they arrive. Action News Jax was at the Florida Welcome Center in Nassau County just south of the Fla.-Ga. and found several license plates from N.Y. and N.J. For live updates on the coronavirus, click here . RELATED:  Florida coronavirus cases | Georgia coronavirus cases | Symptoms | How to stay healthy |  Interactive map: Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard  | Interactive Map: Coronavirus cases around the world “I think it’s a good idea,” said Trina Hebert, who recently helped her brother escape the COVID-19 outbreak in N.Y. “It’s the only way we’re going to end this. It’s the only way it’s going to stop.” The restrictions will apply retroactively to people who arrived in Nassau from Monday, March 23 through today. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories