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From the Front LinesThis podcast hosted by Ryan Vasquez, WUFT Multimedia News Manager, provides an update on Florida’s response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

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Floridians Prepare For Hurricane Season During A Pandemic May 29, 2020 - 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.
Looking For Work During A Pandemic May 22, 2020 - 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.
When Will Schools Reopen Again in Florida May 15, 2020 - 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.
Florida Slowly Begins To Reopen During COVID-19 Pandemic May 8, 2020 - 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.
Drive Through Weddings, Medical Innovations, And Vaccine Development During COVID-19 May 2, 2020 - 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.
Researchers Look Into The Role Children Play In Community Transmission Of COVID-19 May 1, 2020 - 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.
Helping People Get Married During The COVID-19 Pandemic April 30, 2020 - 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.
Florida Virtual School Provides Expertise And Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic April 29, 2020 - 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.
Peaceful Paths Director Discusses Domestic Violence During COVID-19 Pandemic April 28, 2020 - 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.
Teachers Share What It’s Like Holding Classes Online During COVID-19 Pandemic April 27, 2020 - 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.
School System Provides Children With Meals And Fresh Produce During COVID-19 Pandemic April 24, 2020 - Episode 25 features Maria Eunice, Director of Alachua County Public Schools Food and Nutritional Services. She rejoins the cast to discuss how much longer they can provide free meals, and what they're doing to help farmers and families in Alachua County. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
A Gainesville Inn Comes To The Aid Of Cancer Patients In Treatment During COVID-19 April 23, 2020 - Episode 24 features Cornelia Holbrook, Owner of Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville. She discusses her partnership with the Climb For Cancer Foundation to help provide a place for families to stay while traveling for cancer treatments 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.
Taking Care Of Your Mental Health During COVID-19 April 22, 2020 - Episode 23 features Dr. Rosa West, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the University of Florida's Counseling and Wellness Center. She discusses what you can do at home to take care of your mental health 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.
Career Source Citrus Levy Marion Discusses Unemployment And How To Get Help April 21, 2020 - Episode 22 features Laura Byrnes, Communications Manager for CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion. She discusses the latest unemployment numbers in the region and how they are helping people 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.
Cade Museum Helps Out With Lessons During COVID-19 Pandemic April 20, 2020 - Episode 21 features Stephanie Bailes, Executive Director for the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention in Gainesville. She discusses how, despite being closed, the museum is supplementing the education of students stuck at home. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
City of Gainesville Partners With Local Restaurants To Feed Vulnerable People During COVID-19 Crisis April 17, 2020 - Episode 20 features Shannon Snow, Pitmaster for Sonny's BBQ. He spoke with us about how his restaurant got involved in the FEED GNV pilot program, which is providing meals to some of the city’s most vulnerable residents during the coronavirus crisis This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
Elder Options Provides Help To Seniors During COVID-19 Pandemic April 16, 2020 - Episode 19 features Kristen Griffis, Executive Director of Elder Options. She spoke about how her organization is using its Elder Helpline to provide groceries, access to health care, and more for seniors 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.
A Drone Manufacturing Company Switches To Masks To Aid Medical Professionals On The Front Lines April 15, 2020 - Episode 18 features Thomas Rambo, CEO of Altavian, a Gainesville-based drone manufacturer. He discusses how his company has turned their production from drones to reusable masks to help answer the ongoing national supply shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
How Often Should You Go To The Grocery Store During The COVID-19 Pandemic April 14, 2020 - Episode 17 features Keith Schneider, a professor at the University of Florida's Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. He explains how often you should be making trips to the grocery store and how to best protect yourself when you do. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
UF Researchers Develop Low-Cost, Open Source Ventilator April 12, 2020 - Episode 16 features Dr. Samsun Lampotang, a professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Florida and the director of the Center for Safety, Simulation, and Advanced Learning Technology. Dr. Lampotang, along with his colleagues, has developed an open-source design for a ventilator built using common hardware store parts. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
Two Religious Leaders Discuss Easter During The COVID-19 Pandemic April 9, 2020 - Episode 15 features Bishop John Howard and Father Tom Willis. The two religious leaders discuss how they and their communities have adapted to this new version of Easter, and the significance of the holiday’s message in the time of coronavirus. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
Switching To Telehealth During The COVID-19 Pandemic April 8, 2020 - Episode 14 features Occupational Therapist and University of Florida grad, Amanda Hoss. She discusses the changes she has had to make in order to keep treatment going for her child patients. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
One Rabbi Helps Jews Hold Passover Seder In Isolation Amidst COVID-19 April 7, 2020 - Episode 13 features Director of the Lubavitch Chabad Jewish Community Center, Rabbi Berl Goldman. He spoke about what he is doing to make sure hundreds of Seder dinners are available in Gainesville to help Jews celebrate Passover in isolation. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
How The University of Florida Is Responding To The COVID-19 Pandemic April 6, 2020 - Episode 12 features University of Florida Spokesperson Steve Orlando who gives an update on the status of the university during the COVID-19 pandemic and what is being done for students who couldn't return home. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north-central Florida. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
Alachua County Jail Take Precautions For COVID-19 April 5, 2020 - Episode 11 features Alachua County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Frank Kinsey. Kinsey spoke about how all inmates at the county jail are fully aware of the COVID-19 outbreak and the jail is following all necessary protocols to protect both guards and inmates. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
Dr. Bruce Spiess Has An Alternative To N95 Masks April 2, 2020 - Episode 10 features, Dr. Bruce Spiess, a University of Florida Professor of Anesthesiology. Dr. Spiess has created an alternative to the N95 masks that are in short demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. He just needs a little help from the community. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
Assistant Atlanta Regional Census Manager Marilyn Stephens April 1, 2020 - Episode 9 features Assistant Atlanta Regional Census Manager Marilyn Stephens. She spoke with us about some of the challenges of conducting the 2020 Census 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.
Paul Myers, Administrator of the Alachua County Health Department March 31, 2020 - Episode 8 features Paul Myers, Administrator of the Alachua County Health Department. He talks about the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Gainesville and Alachua County, and what everyone in the community can be doing to help. This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
Fish Hawk Spirits in Ocala Manufactures Hand Sanitizer March 30, 2020 - Episode 7 features Fish Hawk Spirits in Ocala owner Matthew Bagdanovich. He discusses what his distillery is doing to help during the COVID-19 pandemic including making a much in demand product and no it's not something you can drink. This podcast serves to provide a daily update on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
Alachua County Public Schools Director of Food and Nutrition Services Maria Eunice March 29, 2020 - Episode 6 features Alachua County Public Schools Director of Food and Nutrition Services Maria Eunice. She talks about what the school system is doing to provide free meals to students for what could be an indefinite amount of time. This podcast provide daily updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Kim A. Barton March 29, 2020 - Episode 5 features Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Kim A. Barton. She discusses what she's doing to certify the results of this past presidential primary and city races, and how she's panning ahead for the next election 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.
From the Front Lines Podcast: Pregnancy In The Coronavirus Era March 26, 2020 - Pregnancy is already a stressful time for many women. With the spread of COVID-19, many expectant women are worried about what the virus means for their health and the health of their baby.
From the Front Lines: Hearing From a Child Care Worker March 25, 2020 - We talked to Sami Dees, an assistant teacher at Kiddie Academy in Gainesville who cares for 2-year-olds.
From the Front Lines: Alachua County Issues Stay-at-Home Order March 24, 2020 - Alachua County Commissioner Robert Hutchinson in a meeting with Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe issued an emergency stay-at-home order.
Introducing ‘From the Front Lines,’ WUFT’s Daily Podcast About Coronavirus In Florida March 23, 2020 - This podcast will serve to provide an update on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.