Jacksonville, FL — LEGENDS CENTER TESTING: As the age of new coronavirus cases continue to get younger, there is more attention on testing young adults and children. The Legends Center on Soutel Drive will now test pediatric clients ages 6-years-old and up, beginning Monday. See a full list of Duval County testing sites here.
BEACHES TO CLOSE: Officials are announcing more beaches will be closing again in Florida to avoid further spread of the new coronavirus during the busy Fourth of July weekend. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Sunday that social interaction among young people are driving the surge in confirmed, saying “caution was thrown to the wind” by bars and pubs that were not following mandated guidelines. DeSantis said he worried that younger people who live with older relatives may infect those in groups who can get more severly sick with COVID-19. DeSantis said younger people are getting the virus and spreading in to other people. He admits some reluctance to ban bars from serving alcohol.
DUVAL SPORTS: With the start of the fall sports schedule less than a month away, student athletes in Duval County are now able to get back to the weight rooms. Phase two of the districts reopening starts today, despite the recent spike in coronavirus cases. Athletes will need to check their temperature and limit group sizes. And they’re not supposed to pass or hand off balls during workouts.
DUVAL JAIL: At least 178 inmates in three department of corrections facilities in Jacksonville have tested positive for the coronavirus. JSO says it has now tested all inmates, and will be testing all new inmates as they enter the facilities. The percentage of positive results exceeds 6% as of Sunday.
JACKSONVILLE FIRE AND RESCUE: With an increase in the number of firefighters in self-quarantine, the Jacksonville Fire Chief has directed all firefighters to wear masks at all times. And the entire Fire and Rescue Department will be tested for coronavirus. As of Friday night, 214 firefighters were in self-quarantine, 14 had tested positive. And multiple stations have been affected.