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Floridians Prepare For Hurricane Season During A Pandemic

Episode 35 takes a look at how COVID-19 is impacting preparations for hurricane season in Florida. Josh Williams talks to University of Florida Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne about prediction for this years hurricane season (01:42). Camron Lunn takes a look at how preparing hurricane kits this year may be a little tougher during a pandemic (08:27). Melissa Feito reached out to emergency management officials to find out how staying at home during a pandemic could turn into sheltering at home during a storm (12:05). Anthony Montalto checked in with universities around the state to see what they are doing to keep their campuses safe from hurricanes while also stopping the spread of COVID-19 (17:25). Taylor Levesque first checks in with businesses to see how they are preparing for the potential double blows of coronavirus and a hurricane (22:03). Then she chats with former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate about how to keep yourself, your employees, and your business safe this hurricane season (25:03). This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

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Looking For Work During A Pandemic

Episode 34 takes a look at how the COVID-19 is impacting people looking to start careers, just looking for a job, and trying to run their businesses. Taylor Levesque learned more about the kind of struggles many young adults are facing when it comes to jump starting their careers during a pandemic (01:47). Camron Lunn spoke with CareerSource Citrus, Levy, Marion's Communications Manager Laura Byrnes about how the they're providing aid to those in need and who's still hiring in the area (06:36). Josh Williams spoke with the President and Owner of Temp-Force Gainesville, Carolynn Buchanan, to discuss changes being made to hiring processes.. and to find out the industry that is currently hiring the most (10:10). Anthony Montalto spoke with two business owners in South Florida about how their businesses have been uniquely effected by closures and restrictions (13:08). This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

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When Will Schools Reopen Again in Florida

Episode 33 explores when and how schools will reopen in the state of Florida amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Daniella Mora talks with Flagler County Public Schools Superintendent about a unique way to graduate (01:49). She then checks in with school districts around the state to see what their plans are for reopening in the fall (07:15). Melissa Feito spoke with researchers at the University of Florida's College of Education about the challenges students may face when they head back to school (09:40). Camron Lunn looks at how two prominent community colleges in North Central Florida are tackling reopening quickly and safely (14:35). Taylor Levesque brings us the story of the challenges five universities in the state are facing when it comes to reopening their campuses in the fall (18:38). Melissa closes out the cast with a discussion with Barry University's president on how the small, private Catholic university is handling the pandemic (23:23). This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

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Florida Slowly Begins To Reopen During COVID-19 Pandemic

Episode 32 takes a look at how parts of Florida are slowly re-opening under phase one of Governor Ron DeSantis' plan. Taylor Levesque talks with city and county officials about how their communities are reacting to the reopening plan (02:15). Camron Lunn takes a look at how Bradford County is facing its own unique challenges with reopening (07:47). Josh Williams checks in with local restaurants to see what they are doing to get back to business safely (11:22). Lastly, Anthony Montalto visits with businesses in one of the three counties not reopening this week (17:19). This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

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Drive Through Weddings, Medical Innovations, And Vaccine Development During COVID-19

Episode 31 features a change in format. We will revisit a story earlier this week on drive-through weddings in Alachua County. 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. 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. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

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Researchers Look Into The Role Children Play In Community Transmission Of COVID-19

Episode 30 features Dr. Sarah McKune and Dr. Eric Nelson, two University of Florida researchers leading a study on the role children play in community transmission of COVID-19. They discuss what they hope to learn, and how this study could be useful during future outbreaks. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

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Helping People Get Married During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Episode 29 features Jess Irby, Alachua County Clerk of the Court. He discusses why he decided to hold drive-through weddings for couples looking to tie the knot during the pandemic, and what those ceremonies will look like This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

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Florida Virtual School Provides Expertise And Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

Episode 28 features Florida Virtual School Chief Operations Officer Sam Verghese. He discusses how Florida Virtual School has been helping students, parents, and teachers get used to online learning during COVID-19. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

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Peaceful Paths Director Discusses Domestic Violence During COVID-19 Pandemic

Episode 27 features Peaceful Paths Executive Director, Dr. Theresa Beachy. She spoke about how the domestic violence center is working through restrictions to help survivors during these trying times. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

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Teachers Share What It’s Like Holding Classes Online During COVID-19 Pandemic

Episode 26 features Florida teachers Emma Light, Diana Parfait, and Emil Kadhum. They spoke about how they adapted, improvised, and ultimately overcame obstacles quickly to keep their students on track during the COVID-19 pandemic. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

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