Episode 31 features a change in format. We will revisit a story earlier this week on drive-through weddings in Alachua County (01:11). Then we will hear from University of Florida Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology Dr. Cameron Smith on a collaboration that is helping protect patients and health care workers alike (02:43). Finally, biotech company Noachis Terris is moving to Gainesville to help develop a potential COVID-19 vaccine. We will hear from representatives with the company and the City of Gainesville (09:58). This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida’s response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
Some mayors, particularly those aligned with the Democratic Party, decried Republican-led preemptions as a power grab against local government's ability to control a potential resurgence of the coronavirus but also restrict their ability to respond to future public health emergencies.