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    Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says a new partnership with VyStar Credit Union is designed to help small businesses stay afloat over the next several painful months.  During a virtual meeting with members of the City Council, Curry announced a $20-30 million program with a combination of grants, interest payments, and potential aid toward principle of a loan.  “It is my intention that the city’s portion of this financial assistance will be focused on relief for small businesses and some elements tied to employee retention”, Curry said.  Curry stopped short of saying how much the City’s portion of the program would be.  He warned that more people are going to lose their jobs in the coming weeks. He also told Council Members that the City has added about $100 million in reserves over the past 4+ years, but there will be a long, hard road financially ahead. 
  • The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville is increasing its process and testing of coronavirus (COVID-19) specimens for existing patients in the Florida region.  Expanded testing is the result of diagnostic processors from Roche Diagnostics.  Mayo says its lab will be able to process more than 1,000 tests per day and will expand capacity over time. Results will typically be reported within 24 hours of testing.  'In the days and weeks to come, we will be working closely with other health care institutions in the region to assist in processing some of their test samples and significantly increase the overall volume of COVID-19 testing done,' says Kent Thielen, M.D., CEO, Mayo Clinic in Florida.  'We will gradually increase our volume of testing over time,' says Aziza Nassar, M.D., chair, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic in Florida. Nassar said as many as 8,000 tests could be processed every week as the capacity increases. Existing Mayo Clinic patients are eligible for drive-through coronavirus testing from 8 am - 2 pm daily at its campus. To qualify for testing, established Mayo patients must be screened by a Mayo Clinic provider, who will determine if the patient meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's testing guidelines, as well as Mayo's Infection Control and Prevention guidelines.  Anyone who tests positive will receive a call from a Mayo Clinic provider. Negative test results will be delivered via automated message.  
  • With restaurants across Florida closed for the foreseeable future, the JAX Chamber is encouraging you to order dinner from your favorite local restaurant as part of #TakeoutTuesday.  “Let’s make sure we can help where we can and that’s why we think Takeout Tuesday could be a big success”, said JAX Chamber President Daniel Davis.  He said the new executive order that limits hotel guests in Jacksonville to only essential travelers will take a toll on the hospitality industry. Davis said that while the area will see rough economic waters for a while, Jacksonville will recover.
  • We have one more very warm day, and it’s going to be wind, with afternoon temperatures pushing near record territory.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh is tracking a cold front that could bring storms very late in the day.  “It will bring a band of showers with it, perhaps an isolated thunderstorm that would produce a few rumbles of thunder and heavier downpours. But I am not expecting widespread heavy rain. I do expect most spots to get at least some sprinkles”, Buresh said.  Most areas will see less than a quarter inch of rain. By tomorrow we turn much cooler, but nice, all the way through Saturday.  Morning temps will be in the 50’s and 40’s, and afternoon temps will be near normal, in the mid-70’s.
  • The Florida Department of Education has recommended all public schools remain closed through at least May 1st for the health and safety of students, staff and the community.  Clay and St. Johns County Public Schools announced they will continue with online/remote learning through May 1st.  Duval County Public Schools announced late Monday night that it will remain on home-based education because of the FDOE recommendation.  Students will continue receiving instruction through the district's new home-based education initiative, Duval HomeRoom.  Duval was one of the first public school districts in Florida to launch a home-education program last week. The district has provided more than 30,000 laptops to students. Additionally, internet access has been provided through special offers from private providers and distribution of hot spots to students who need them.  DCPS continues to provide lunch and breakfast to students at its traditional schools. Meals are also delivered to students on neighborhood elementary school bus routes.  Baker County School Superintendent Sherrie Raulerson released the following statement: “The Governor of Florida has mandated additional days for school closure through Friday, May 1, 2020, as a result of concerns relative to the COVID-19 virus. I will continue to update you as I get additional information”.   
  • Hoping to slow the coronavirus outbreak, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has announced an executive order that puts restrictions on hotel occupancy.  Effective Tuesday at 5 pm, hotels and motels will only be allowed to accept ‘essential lodgers’ such as health care professionals and first responders.  “Unfortunately, other locations outside the City have not been as proactive or as vigilant in enforcing the CDC’s guidance and maintaining proper social distancing or limiting non-essential travel. Numerous persons have congregated in the state for spring break, cruises and other personal travel, thereby potentially endangering the residents of the City”, said Curry.  According to the executive order, ‘essential lodgers’ are classified as:  Healthcare professionals First responders National Guard members Law enforcement State or federal government employee, Airline crew members Patients Patients’ families Journalists Others responding to COVID-19 Displaced residents or visitors Persons unable to return to their home due to COVID-19 impacts on travel Persons who must vacate their home due to exigent circumstances, such as fire or flood Persons utilizing hotels as transitional living arrangements Persons sheltering in hotels due to domestic violence Hotel employees, service providers, and contractors Individuals who, for any reason, are temporarily unable to reside in their home According to the executive order, the new order signed Monday does not apply to short term vacation rentals which are regulated by the state, but over the weekend Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a state executive order Saturday banning new reservations for short-term rental properties. The state executive order says the mandate will last for 14 days unless it is extended. You can watch the latest press conference below.
  • Jacksonville Police have announced the arrest of a man for threatening use of a weapon of mass destruction.  50-year-old David White is accused of spraying an unknown substance around a business, using a container labeled COVID-19.  Police did not say where it happened on Sunday. But they say White made statements to people in the area that they were now infected with COVID-19.   White is now in jail, with no bond, for the felony charge.
  • Coming off a record-breaking hot weekend, we're going to stay unseasonably warm to start the week. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh is tracking a light breeze off the Atlantic.  “But still we’re soaring into the upper 80’s, a good dozen or so degrees above average. It’ll be pretty comfortable tonight and then tomorrow’s a windy day but it’s finally the last day of this latest heat wave”, Buresh said.  Expect scattered showers and a few thunderstorms late tomorrow into tomorrow night with a cold front.  Behind the front, we’re going to turn much cooler with ‘seasonal’ temps in the upper 70’s by day, and 40’s at night.  
  • The Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Highway Patrol have established checkpoints on I-95 at the Florida-Georgia line.  Governor Ron DeSantis issued the checkpoints over the weekend to document people entering Florida from coronavirus hot spots. People from the New York area are urged to self quarantine for 14 days.  Everyone will be required to complete a traveler form that includes the person’s contact information and trip details. Failure to complete the form and failure to follow any isolation or quarantine order from DOH are a violation of Florida law.  No checkpoints within the state will impede commerce or the timely delivery of products across Florida, according to the Governor’s executive order.  FHP will staff the checkpoint at I-95 at the Georgia-Florida line 24 hours a day with more than a dozen troopers in 12-hour shifts.  The state will provide travelers with a traveler card which has contact information and guidance in the event the traveler exhibits symptoms while in isolation that are attributed to  COVID-19, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
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    Rich Jones has been News Director of WOKV AM/FM since October 2006. Since joining the team, WOKV News has been recognized by the Associated Press as the most awarded radio news team in the state of Florida including awards for Best Newscast, Best Reporting, Best Public Affairs Coverage, and Best News Series, among others.

    Rich has been involved in many organizations and causes on the First Coast. He has twice been captain of WOKV's team at the Heart Walk, and has raised funds for the American Heart Association. 

    Rich is “the face” of WOKV in the community and is the Master of Ceremonies for many philanthropic causes such as the Annual WOKV Careathon, a day-long benefit for the Child Cancer Fund of NE Florida, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

    Rich enjoys spending his time away from the studio with his wife, daughters and son as well as watching sports and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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  • Ahead of an approaching cold front, Northeast Florida saw a line of strong storms roll through. Some of those storms prompted severe thunderstorm warnings and a few tornado warnings from the National Weather Service of Jacksonville. The NWS does believe an EF-0 tornado did touch during in northern St. Johns County on Tuesday evening. At this time, WOKV has not received any reports of injuries, but there have been reports of damage and downed trees.
  • Following the recent passage of a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus measure to help families and businesses with the financial strain of the coronavirus pandemic, WOKV's Consumer Warrior Clark Howard is breaking down some of the finer details. Howard says adults making up to $75,000 a year will get a $1,200 check, while a married couple making up to $150,000 will get $2,400, with $500 payments per child.  STORY: Are you getting a stimulus check; how much will it be? Use this calculator to find out However, Howard says that $500 payment doesn't include every child.  'You will not get money for your teenager. So, once your teenager goes past 16, they're out of the picture for the $500,' explains Howard.  Howard says this $500 payment also does not apply to other types of dependents, like if you're an adult taking care of your elderly parents.  Get more consumer news and advice from Clark Howard in his latest on-demand podcasts by clicking HERE.
  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is working hard to make sure people throughout the state who are unemployed are getting the assistance they need during the coronavirus pandemic. That means hiring more staff members to help people who are trying to apply for unemployment benefits. Executive Director Ken Lawson signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor over the weekend to execute the CARES Act in Florida. Lawson says his staff is working hard to implement those resources to Floridians as soon as possible. The week before most businesses closed due to government orders, the Department of Economic Opportunity received 28,000 calls. Last week in just four days, they received 130,000 calls. That higher volume of calls is overwhelming the staff, but it looks like help is on the way. Anyone who calls right now should expect to wait on hold for upwards of an hour, but hopefully that wait time starts dropping soon. The Department of Economic Opportunity is hiring 100 people statewide to answer calls, walk people through the application process, and handle processing applications. Florida residents eligible for reemployment assistance include people quarantined by a medical professional or government agency, people who have been laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period of time or people caring for an immediate family member diagnosed with coronavirus. Any Floridian whose employment has been negatively impacted by the virus can get more information here.
  • Isolation and fear during the coronavirus pandemic can create the perfect storm for domestic abuse. Some experts say victims are like prisoners in their own homes during quarantine.  “We’re talking about a horrible situation. People who normally might be able to call us, reach out to us, stop at our outreach center or go to work and look online to find how they can get help are prisoners in their own home,” Hubbard House CEO Gail Patin, EdD, LCSW, said.  Anyone who needs help and can safely get away from their abuser is asked to call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119 or Hubbard House in Jacksonville at (904) 354-3114.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect they say is wanted for solicitation to commit first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police identify the suspect as 23-year-old Bobby Taylor.  If you've seen him or know where he is, you're urged to call JSO at (904) 630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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