NORTHEAST FLORIDA, SOUTHEAST GEORGIA — More than 42,000 people in Florida and 35,000 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.
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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 18.
May 18, 1:45 p.m.: Dancin’ In The Streets, an annual event held at the Beaches Town Center, has been canceled.
The Beaches Town Center said the event usually helps to fund the holiday lights, so in lieu of DITS, patrons are being asked to “Adopt a Tree” for $175 to keep the lights on.
“Dedicate it to a grad who couldn’t walk this year or a family member who had a landmark birthday!” Beaches Town Center wrote on its Facebook page.
May 18, 9:58 a.m.: Today at 6 p.m., Mayor Lenny Curry will hold a news conference at Toscana Little Italy, a restaurant in the San Marco area that has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. He is expected to give an update on the full phase 1 reopening of the city of Jacksonville.
May 18, 6:15 a.m.: Here’s what you can expect locally regarding the coronavirus pandemic:
- Effective today, Florida is now in full phase 1 of reopening the state, allowing local gyms in the northeast Florida area to reopen today at 50 percent capacity. Some owners of local gyms and fitness centers said they’re not ready to reopen until the staff gets special training on proper CDC guidelines. Others told Action News Jax they will reopen and will be doing temperature checks, staff will wear masks and every other machine will be blocked off for social distancing, to keep customers safe.
- Restaurants and retail stores locally can also beginning operating at 50 percent capacity today. More information is provided in the document below.
- Antibody testing: If you donate blood with One Blood, you can be tested for coronavirus antibodies. The antibody test can indicate if your immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether you’ve shown any symptoms. Read more here.
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