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    More than 49,500 people in Florida and 42,900 people in Georgia have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. Officials are attempting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia as schools, businesses and public events are closed or canceled. Action News Jax has the very latest information on Florida and Georgia cases of the coronavirus LIVE on FOX30 and CBS47. Click here to watch . NOTE: As new information related to the coronavirus comes in regarding Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, we will update this story. Please read the entire article for the latest information from May 23. First Coast YMCA to reopen 14 locations Monday May 25, 5 a.m.: The First Coast YMCA will welcome back members at its Northeast Florida locations on Monday. The Y will open in a phased approached to offer a variety of programs and services with appropriate guidance from health officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Y will be open Monday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. New branch hours begin Tuesday, May 26, with the hours of 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. encouraged for vulnerable populations, including active older adults. Reservations will be required for activities including group exercise classes and lap swimming. Coronavirus pandemic: Click here for updates   Where to get tested for COVID-19 | Symptoms | How to stay healthy  Florida coronavirus cases | Georgia coronavirus cases  Interactive Map: Coronavirus cases around the world  Coronavirus Pandemia: Información en Español  The Y will implement new policies and procedures to ensure the safety of everyone in its branches, including: The Y will limit facility capacity and class size to meet social distancing guidelines. Y employees, except Rescue Ready lifeguards and Group Exercise instructors teaching class, must wear face masks. Members will be encouraged to wear face masks. Health assessments, including a quick survey and temperature check, will be required for everyone at the Y. Members will be asked to sanitize or wash their hands before and after a workout and clean equipment with disinfectant wipes provided by the facility before and after use. The Y has also implemented new stringent cleaning protocols including frequent disinfecting of equipment and high-touch surfaces. The Y will only use cleaning products that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19. “As a community organization serving diverse populations, the Y is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all. As the current public health situation evolves, the Y will continue to evaluate how it can best serve community needs while prioritizing safety,” The First Coast YMCA said in a statement. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • With President Trump’s support, local churches are preparing to welcome attendees back. But some church pastors across the city of Jacksonville feel there is a rush to reopen for in-person services. On Friday, Trump called houses of worship essential, and implored governors reopen them across the country. But in Florida, they were never ordered to close. Instead, to keep COVID-19 from spreading, many church leaders used drive-through and online services. Impact Church Pastor George Davis said most Sundays, his church is packed with thousands of members, so he wants to make sure his team has a plan before welcoming them back. “We are going to be requiring as people come in that temperatures are checked, hand out PPE (personal protective equipment) for those that don’t have it, and ask people to wear a mask while they’re in service,” said Davis. But Bethel Baptist Church Bishop Rudolph Mckissick Jr. says it’s too soon to even think about it. “How can we open when three zip codes in our city have had the largest uptick over the last three weeks? And those zip codes are majority African Americans,” McKissick added. For now, these two pastors will continue services remotely to avoid in-person crowds. “We’ve got to be smart, we’ve got to be safe, we’ve got to exercise wisdom,” said McKissik. “We've been doing the same thing for the last ten weeks. I look straight into a camera and give my message through the camera,” Davis explained. Church pastors say they appreciate the president’s support during the pandemic, but reopening without a plan isn’t safe. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • As the city, state, and nation continue to cautiously reopen in the wake of COVID-19, the City of Jacksonville is hosting a virtual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 25, to honor the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in service to our country. #MemorialDay might look a little different this year with virtual observances but it’s just as important to honor our fallen heroes pic.twitter.com/OBc9QFAVEs — Beth Rousseau (@BethANJax) May 25, 2020 “This year’s observance is notably different than how Jacksonville normally honors our heroes on this sacred day,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “As our city and communities throughout America work to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, we must still pause and reflect on those who lost their lives in service to our nation. Jacksonville will never forget their sacrifice.” The digital observance will be posted to the City of Jacksonville YouTube Channel and social media platforms on Memorial Day, May 25 at 8 a.m. The video will contain remarks from Mayor Lenny Curry, local officials and military leadership, musical selections from the Jacksonville Voices, Jacksonville Pipes & Drums and Navy Band Southeast, a wreath laying ceremony and more. Coronavirus pandemic: Click here for updates   Where to get tested for COVID-19 | Symptoms | How to stay healthy  Florida coronavirus cases | Georgia coronavirus cases  Interactive Map: Coronavirus cases around the world  Coronavirus Pandemia: Información en Español  Like the normal observances, filming took place at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall which features the names of 1,700 military men and women who called Jacksonville home or graduated from High School here. It is the largest black granite memorial wall outside of Washington, D.C. and the only wall to honor all six military branches. When it is appropriate and safe, we encourage Gold Star families, veterans and patriotic citizens to visit the Wall and remember those inscribed upon it. No new names are being added to the wall this year. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park announced the hatching of four West African Crocodylus suchus baby crocodiles. This hatching brings the total number of crocodile species hatched at the Alligator Farm up to 17. gator The new babies are members of a crocodilian species very closely related to the famous Nile crocodile. Coronavirus pandemic: Click here for updates   Where to get tested for COVID-19 | Symptoms | How to stay healthy  Florida coronavirus cases | Georgia coronavirus cases  Interactive Map: Coronavirus cases around the world  Coronavirus Pandemia: Información en Español  Crocodylus suchus inhabit much of western and central Africa and for many years were grouped in the same classification as their larger and more infamous cousins. The four hatchlings, who have yet to be named, will be placed on public display when they are older. Visitors will be able to get a sneak peek of the baby hatchlings within a few weeks when the baby crocodiles will be moved to the crocodile nursery, visible as part of the Alligator Farm’s “Behind the Scenes” tours. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • While many restaurants are operating at 50 percent capacity for Memorial Day weekend, other businesses like bars and nightclubs remain closed. After being excluded from Governor Ron DeSantis’s reopening plan, bar owners are fired up. “We feel like we’re being discriminated against because everything is open,” said Jammes Pub manager Telicia Walls. Dozens of protesters filled the parking lot at Rascal’s Bar on Jacksonville’s west side Saturday afternoon. Many of them were not social distancing or wearing masks. One sign read “first to close last to open” another one had “open these bars, close my porch” written on it. “We’re not making money to pay our bills. we’re about to lose everything,” said Walls. Bar owners across the city of Jacksonville said Memorial Day weekend is one of their busiest times of the year and they’re missing out on all that revenue after being closed for more than two months. Owners of one the oldest and well-known establishments in Neptune Beach, Pete’s Bar, are now trying to get the governor’s attention on Facebook, saying, “Every single other bar in Neptune Beach is open, yet we remained closed because we don’t sell chicken wings or greasy baskets of fried food.” Bars are not scheduled to reopen until phase two of governor Ron Desantis’s plan but it’s unclear when the next phase of reopening will begin. “He’s the only one that has the power to do it,” Walls said. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • A pedestrian was hit by a car at the intersection of Fort George Road and Heckscher Drive, according to Jacksonville Fire Rescue. Crews have responded to an accident at Ft George rd and Heckscher dr to an auto vs pedestrian....the patient is being transported with serious injuries.— MyJFRD (@JFRDJAX) May 23, 2020 Action News Jax is working to learn what happened. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • A Jacksonville mom said her finger was shot off while she was driving with a friend. New pictures provided to Action News Jax show how the bullet ripped through her steering wheel and into her hand. In another photo, one can see the bullet holes in the windshield of the truck. Thursday night, Amber was out of surgery and feeling better. In an exclusive interview with Action News Jax, she said it’s been an emotional few days. Early Wednesday morning, Amber was driving with a friend to a gas station at Normandy Blvd and Yellow Water Road. Coronavirus pandemic: Click here for updates   Where to get tested for COVID-19 | Symptoms | How to stay healthy  Florida coronavirus cases | Georgia coronavirus cases  Interactive Map: Coronavirus cases around the world  Coronavirus Pandemia: Información en Español  Amber said she noticed a car acting strangely, stopping in the road and then passing them. “They did that about four or five times and just stopped the car, like literally put it in park on Normandy Blvd,” Amber said. After they arrived at the gas station, Amber believes that the vehicle waited for them to leave. She said as they were leaving, around 12:30 a.m., someone fired 12 shots at them. “I see the windshield smash, like bullets coming through,” she said. “We duck, and I hold my hand. That’s when they blew off one of my fingers.” Panicked, and shot, Amber and her friend - who was not injured - drove to a gas station minutes away to call the police. That’s when she said what just happened started to sink in. “Thank God we did not have our children, because they would’ve been gone,” she said. Amber said doctors had to amputate her right ring finger due to her injuries. She may need more surgery to help with possible nerve damage but is determined to get past this. She wanted to do the interview to get these people caught. “I am right-handed, so now I have to learn to use my left hand,” She said. “But, I’ll do it because I’m motivated, I’m strong and I’m going to get through this,” She said. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office continues to search for whoever did this. They have not provided a description of the vehicle involved. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • Memorial Day weekend is here, and with hundreds of visitors coming to the area, restaurants are having to prepare as the coronavirus is still a risk. Although restaurants are having to operate at 50% capacity this holiday weekend, restaurant owners said they’re just glad to be open to the public. The state is mandating that restaurants put social distancing measures in place, like spacing out the tables. Dockside Seafood Restaurant Director of Operations Eric Williams said he’s expecting a busy weekend at the waterfront business. Williams said employees are required to wear a mask and gloves. Stuart also expects a steady flow of customers over the Memorial Day weekend, so his workers have moved more than a dozen tables and chairs outside. Some restaurant owners at Jax Beach say they are looking forward to having visitors after spring break was not as profitable as it usually is. Dockside Seafood Restaurant is also disinfecting tables twice and even has an online menu that guests scan with their phones instead of having to use handheld menus. Coronavirus pandemic: Click here for updates   Where to get tested for COVID-19 | Symptoms | How to stay healthy  Florida coronavirus cases | Georgia coronavirus cases  Interactive Map: Coronavirus cases around the world  Coronavirus Pandemia: Información en Español  Memorial Day weekend is here and for the first time some restaurants in our area are preparing for crowds of visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants have to operate at 50% capacity this holiday weekend, but some restaurant owners told Action News Jax they’re just glad to be open. Dockside Seafood Restaurant is busy. More than a dozen people stood in line waiting to get seated and no one was wearing anything covering their faces Friday night. As the state continues to reopen, Dockside Seafood Director of operations Eric Williams says he is expecting an even bigger turnout this year and social distancing plans will still be in place. “Memorial Day weekends are always busy, the beaches get crowded,” said Williams. Many restaurants along Jacksonville Beach have put social distancing plans in place to keep people safe including Lynch’s Irish Pub on 1st Street North. Williams said employees at Dockside Seafood will be required to wear a mask and gloves. He also said workers will be consistently disinfecting tables throughout the day. Though living in a time of social distancing, many are still optimistic. “I think that everybody in our industry is hoping that there will be continued ease of restrictions,” said Williams. Williams told Action News Jax he’s looking forward to having visitors after spring break was not as profitable as it usually is. Some restaurant owners also say they don’t plan on taking any reservations right now to keep from getting big crowds. Plenty of people in town this weekend as several hotels are fully booked and short-term rentals are back open. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories