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This podcast will serve to provide an update on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

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This podcast will serve to provide an update on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

    What Will Be Forever Changed As a Result of COVID-19?

    What Will Be Forever Changed As a Result of COVID-19?

    Episode 45, our final episode, takes a look towards the future at what might be forever changed after this pandemic is over.

    Eating out at a local restaurant is looking and feeling different now that businesses are adapting to the new normal. Taylor Levesque spoke to local business owners who said there are many aspects of the restaurant industry that are forever changed because of COVID-19 (01:38).

    Catching a movie or seeing a play. Two such acts that could make for an enjoyable date night or just a fun night out. But thanks to COVID-19 both the big screen and stage have been all but abandoned. Camron Lunn spoke with the director of the Hippodrome in Gainesville and the owner of the Ocala Drive-In to see what the prospects of a night out look like when we are all locked in (05:24).

    One thing that has changed for almost every adult in Florida is how we work. For those who aren't essential workers, working from home has become the new normal during the pandemic. But will the flexibility of remote work really change the workplace forever? Melissa Feito spoke with Dr. Joyce Bono** professor of management at the University of Florida's Warrington College of Business. She recently completed the first phase of a research project called "work and family during the time of Covid," detailing how working parents have adapted to these times (10:06).

    Historically, epidemics have transformed the public spaces we inhabit. Gabriella Paul spoke with local and national architects, city planners and historians on how a post-pandemic world might look different (15:25).

    When the pandemic hit the U-S, the cruise industry all but shut down, leaving thousands without work. Anthony Montalto introduces us to two people in the cruise business who share what the pandemic has been like for them (21:37).

    This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

    • 27 min
    Florida Front Line Workers New And Old Deal With New Challenges Due To COVID-19

    Florida Front Line Workers New And Old Deal With New Challenges Due To COVID-19

    Episode 44 checks back in on essential workers to see how they are handling multiple months on the front lines.

    Gabriella Paul set out to discover what it’s like to be new to the front line in Florida’s hospitals and what that means for the next generation of front line workers in the nation's hot spot for coronavirus (01:28).

    Kristin Moorehead asks Physician’s Assistant for Florida Women’s Health in Ocala Michelle Shinham about what it’s like to work in the field of obstetrics during COVID-19 (06:22).

    COVID-19 doesn't seem to impact children's health the same way as other at risk groups but that doesn't mean that there aren't concerns.Taylor Levesque spoke to pediatricians about how COVID-19 is effecting their patients (10:21).

    Tropical storms and hurricanes may be a routine part of the summer months for most Floridians, but hurricane preparation during COVID-19 may change things. Anthony Montalto spoke with Levy County Assistant Emergency Management Director David Peaton to find out what Levy County officials are doing to prepare as a storm churns in the Atlantic (14:55).

    This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

    • 21 min
    Florida Parent And Teachers Ask If It's Safe To Go Back To School As COVID-19 Cases Rise

    Florida Parent And Teachers Ask If It's Safe To Go Back To School As COVID-19 Cases Rise

    Episode 43 focuses on how teachers and parents feel about school reopening plans for next month as COVID-19 cases rise in the state.

    Kristin Moorehead talks with Florida Education Association Vice President about the teacher's union lawsuit against the state's mandate to return to brick and mortar school instruction in the fall (01:46).

    Josh Williams interviews Dr. Chris Curran, one of the Co-Directors at UF's Education Policy Research Center, about what districts are doing to keep students safe. (07:19)

    Camron Lunn spoke with two teachers about how they feel about about the safety of returning to the classroom (12:06).

    Taylor Levesque talked with Florida parents and teachers about some of the frustrations they've had with virtual learning (16:16).

    Melissa Feito takes a look at some of the challenges families that have children with special needs and disabilities and their teachers faced with remote learning (19:37).

    Anthony Montalto spoke with four parents about how each is considering the decision to send their kids back to school next month (24:53).

    Gabriella Paul talked spoke with current and former essential workers who have elementary school aged kids about the prospect of schools reopening in person next month (30:04).

    Melissa returns for a discussion with Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, a pediatrician and epidemiologist at the University of Florida who previously worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 20 years, for a medical perspective of children returning to school (34:51).

    This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

    • 41 min
    Colleges And Universities Plan To Reopen In Fall, But Will Students Come Back

    Colleges And Universities Plan To Reopen In Fall, But Will Students Come Back

    Episode 42 focuses on colleges and universities in Florida and their plans for students to return to campus in the fall.

    A number of state colleges and universities have unveiled plans to bring students back to campus in the fall including the University of Florida. Gabriella Paul spoke with Luis Toledo, a data and policy analyst researching campus responses to COVID-19 through the College Crisis Initiative at Davidson College, about the viability of UF's reopening plan (01:26).

    With colleges and universities unveiling their reopening plans we know how administrators feel about returning to campus in the fall but Anthony Montalto talks to students about how they feel returning to campus (06:29).

    The fall semester begins in six weeks and University of Florida students are getting ready to return to campus. But for out-of-state students, returning to Gainesville next month is more complicated than for others. Taylor Levesque spoke to a couple of out-of-state students who say that despite the school's plan to reopen campus they have decided to stay home for the fall semester (11:08).

    It's been a roller-coaster few months for international students as the pandemic has thrown their status into uncertainty. Josh Williams takes us through the highs and lows (15:20).

    From having their last day of high school in April, to graduating with social distancing in effect in June, the class of 2020 now has to transition to college in the middle of a pandemic. Camron Lunn spoke with two such students who are both navigating this difficult time in different ways (20:21).

    This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

    • 25 min
    Sports Are Back, But Is Florida Ready With COVID-19 On The Rise?

    Sports Are Back, But Is Florida Ready With COVID-19 On The Rise?

    Episode 41 looks at the sports, while not the most important thing during a pandemic, they sports serve many functions in Florida. They provide recreation, distraction, employ thousands and impact local economies.

    One pro sports league made its comeback this week. Camron Lunn has more on Major League Soccer's MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando (01:38).

    The news isn't all good for some sports. While Major League Baseball will attempt to come back this month, Minor League Baseball had to cancel its season. Taylor Levesque spoke to players who told her the decision was upsetting (06:08).

    While the pros and semi-pros come to grips with their stunted or lost seasons, Gabriella Paul gives us a look inside how Florida athletes at the amateur levels of high school and college plan to navigate a fall sports season amid the curve ball coronavirus has thrown their way (09:21).

    In some counties, high school sports like football are still up in the air for the fall. But Anthony Montalto ask if there’s no football, what about the marching band (15:27)?

    While high schools work out the kinks on their return plans some youth sports are already making a comeback. Taylor Levesque spoke to Gainesville Soccer Alliance Recreational Director, Sandi Rivera, who says she is excited for the kids to take the field again but wants everyone to know there will be changes to the upcoming soccer season (20:12).

    And what about casual athletes missing their gym routines. Most gyms are open but gyms in Miami, a hotspot for the virus, are now having to adapt as they stay open under new safety protocols. Melissa Feito spoke to Tongelia Milton, executive director of communications for the YMCA of South Florida, which includes 10 locations across Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties about getting their gyms back up and running after several months of closure (23:19).

    This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

    • 29 min
    Is Florida Moving Backward In Its Fight Against COVID-19?

    Is Florida Moving Backward In Its Fight Against COVID-19?

    Episode 40 explores if the state is moving backward in its fight against the coronavirus.

    Gabriella Paul speaks with an epidemiologist to find out if all the state's COVID-19 data is what it's cracked up to be (01:46).

    Camron Lunn talks with Floridians in their twenties about being something they never thought that they would be during this pandemic...at risk (08:11).

    Josh Williams is quarantined in South Florida, staying with immediate family after half-a-dozen extended family members tested positive following a Father's Day lunch. He explains what it's like when the virus hits home (12:34).

    Melissa Feito looks at cities and counties in Florida that are mandating facial coverings in public places and why wearing one is a good idea (18:12).

    The 4th of July will look a little different for some Floridians this year as some counties have closed their beaches to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Anthony Montalto checks in from South Florida (23:19).

    And with the surge in cases and stricter regulations from cities and counties, local restaurants and bars are finding it more difficult to operate. Taylor Levesque spoke to local business owners who say they are struggling (27:47).

    This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida's response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.

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