At least 2,355 people in Florida 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.
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March 26, 4:25 p.m.: 2,000 people have been tested through drive-thru testing sites in Jacksonville, according to Mayor Lenny Curry.
If you were tested at Lot J, you can now access your results by registering at labcorp.com/results. Results can take between 5 to 8 days.
March 26, 3:30 p.m.: The Florida Supreme Court is suspending writs of possession cases, the legal term for eviction cases, until April 17.
Courts have a freeze on hearing those cases, so no landlord would have the authority to move out a tenant because they can’t get a writ from the court.
They can put notices for their tenants, which would start the process for a court proceeding but if they tried to lock out a tenant and the police are called, officers would tell the landlord they don’t have the authority to evict the tenant while there’s a freeze.
March 26, 1:10 p.m.: The University of North Florida confirmed Thursday an employee has tested positive for the coronavirus.
It is the first confirmed case at the University.
According to the University, the employee is self-isolating off-campus.
UNF officials are in communication with the staff member as well as reaching out individually to those who may have been in close contact with this person.
March 26, 12:30 p.m.: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is ordering all of the state’s public schools to be closed through April 24.
“I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education, superintendents, and parents for keeping us informed and helping us make the right decision for our students,” said Governor Kemp in a news release. “Throughout this process, we will continue to seek the advice of public health officials, school leaders, and families to ensure the health and safety of the educational community. As we approach April 24, 2020, we ask for continued patience and flexibility since circumstances may change, but we encourage families to stay strong and follow the guidance of federal, state, and local leaders in the weeks ahead.”
The University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia will remain closed for in-person instruction through the rest of the semester since students have already transitioned to all online learning.
March 26, 11:55 a.m.: Numbers in Florida continue to rise as more testing becomes available.
There are now 2,355 confirmed cases in Florida and a total of 147 cases in northeast Florida.
Get a breakdown of those numbers here.
March 26, 7:32 a.m.: Birdies located in the historic Five Points area of Jacksonville told Action News Jax Thursday they are permanently closing as a bar and nightclub.
Last week, Birdies was forced to shut its doors after Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida announced the temporary 30-day closure of bars and nightclubs in the state to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The tough decision to close was made because the business said it could no longer afford to stay closed any longer.
Birdies said it will continue selling alcohol packages for the time being, for pickup or delivery.
March 26, 6 a.m.: More local businesses are being forced to close because of the coronavirus. As of 6 a.m., all non-essential establishments are shut down in Glynn County because of an executive order passed by its board of commissioners.
Non-essential establishments include:
- Entertainment venues like move theaters, arcades and bowling.
- Body care not supervised under a licensed medical professional such as like barbering, cosmetology, message therapy, tattooing, waxing, tanning and nail care.
- Pools regulated by the Department of Health
- All indoor recreation and fitness facilities
All recreation and park fields, courts, playgrounds, and picnic areas owned by Glynn County are also closed.
Walking trails, dog parks, marinas and campgrounds are an exception.
Other non-essential and essential businesses may continue to operate, but should adhere to social distancing guidelines.
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