CITY OF ATLANTIC BEACH COVID-19 UPDATE
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NEWS STORY: COVID-19 CASES SURGING, VACCINATION SITES OPEN
COVID-19 DATA TRACKER (INCLUDING SEARCH BY COUNTY)TRACKING COVID-19 IN DUVAL COUNTY (NEW YORK TIMES)UPDATED CITY OF ATLANTIC BEACH COVID-19 PROTOCOLS/GUIDELINES
FIVE COVID-19 TESTING SITES NOW OPEN, INCLUDING ONE IN NEPTUNE BEACH
Beaches Location (former Kmart shopping center), 540 Atlantic Blvd. – 32266. This site is operated by Telescope Health. There will be COVID-19 testing only. There will be no vaccinations available at this site. Hours for testing will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments will not be required. All testing is drive-through only. Testing includes PCR and rapid antigen tests. No out-of-pocket charges at this site. If insured, please bring copy of an insurance card. If uninsured, please provide your social security number. ASL interpreter services will be provided. Info: https://www.telescopehealth.com/covidtest/
Clanzel T. Brown Community Center, 4545 Moncrief Road - 32209; Lane Wiley Senior Center, 6710 Wiley Rd. – 32210. These sites are operated by Agape Family Health. Services include COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Hours for COVID-19 testing will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours for vaccines will be Monday through Sunday (7 days a week) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments will not be required. Port-O-Lets will be provided for patient restroom facilities. ASL interpreter services will be available.
Emmett Reed Community Center, 1093 W. 6th St. – 32209; and Cuba Hunter Community Center, 4380 Bedford Rd. – 32207. These sites are operated by the Duval Department of Health. Services include COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Hours for testing and vaccinations will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments will not be required. All testing and vaccinations will be provided indoors and will be in separate locations within each center. Signage will be posted at the site to direct visitors to the correct entrance for each service.
Visit www.jaxready.com/covidtesting for more information on these and other testing sites in Jacksonville.
For questions and more information about this site, call CDR Health at (850) 344-9637.
COVID-19 VACCINATION SITES
VACCINATIONS FOR HOMEBOUND RESIDENTS
Homebound individuals can (904) 253-1850call to request a home COVID-19 vaccination.
ADDITIONAL INFO ON THE CORONAVIRUS DELTA VARIANT
The Delta Variant is creating a spike in cases not seen since before vaccines became available. It appears the variant is targeting the young and unvaccinated but can still infect individuals who have been vaccinated. This new revelation recently led to the CDC revising its guidance on mask wearing indoors. The CDC’s decision was largely based on data coming out of Barnstable, Massachusetts where the vaccination rate was 69% but the virus was spreading in large gatherings.
COVID-19 mRNA vaccines give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the “spike protein.” The spike protein is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.
- First, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are given in the upper arm muscle. Once the instructions (mRNA) are inside the muscle cells, the cells use them to make the protein piece. After the protein piece is made, the cell breaks down the instructions and gets rid of them.
- Next, the cell displays the protein piece on its surface. Our immune systems recognize that the protein doesn’t belong there and begin building an immune response and making antibodies, like what happens in natural infection against COVID-19.
- At the end of the process, our bodies have learned how to protect against future infection. The benefit of mRNA vaccines, like all vaccines, is those vaccinated gain this protection without ever having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19.