Jacksonville-area coronavirus updates: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holding news conference in Tallahassee

Coronavirus outbreak: What you need to know

NORTHEAST FLORIDA, SOUTHEAST GEORGIA — More than 46,000 people in Florida and 37,000 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 19.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holding news conference in Tallahassee

May 19, 2:25 p.m.: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will hold a news conference in Tallahassee at 5 p.m.

Action News Jax will carry the briefing LIVE on CBS47 and FOX30. You can also watch the briefing online by clicking here or here. The briefing can also be watched on the Action News Jax NOW app for Amazon Fire, Apple TV or Roku.

Libraries in St. Johns County reopens

May 19, 11 a.m.: All St. Johns County public library branches were able to reopen for essential services at 50 percent capacity. Those who visit the county’s public libraries are not required to wear a mask but it is strongly recommended.

Library staff told Action News Jax that the services in this phase include:

  • Returns
  • Grab and go services for checking out materials
  • Computer usage of up to one hour

Duval County school board to vote on mask recommendation

May 19, 11 a.m.: The Duval County school board said they are considering buying more than 140,000 reusable masks for all students and staff. The cost would be $300,400. The district is recommending the purchase so they can follow the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when schools reopen. The school board will vote on the recommendation at 5 p.m. today. Read more here.