CITY OF ATLANTIC BEACH COVID-19 UPDATE
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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.
HEALTH REGENERON MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY SITE OPEN
The Florida Division of Emergency Management and CDR Health Regeneron Monoclonal Antibody site is now open at the Main Library Conference Center at 304 N. Main St. They will open 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm.
This treatment is free for anyone age 12+ who have COVID-19 or have come into contact with someone who is positive and are at high risk for progression to severe illness, hospitalization, or death. No doctor referral is needed now to receive this treatment. Appointments are not necessary, but you can pre-register at https://patientportalfl.com/s/?language=en_US..
2 hours of free parking is available at the Jacksonville Public Library Garage at 33 W. Duval St. as well as marked parking meters on Duval and Monroe Streets.
For questions and more information about this site, call CDR Health at (850) 344-9637.
MOST AB RECREATION PROGRAMMING TEMPORARILY HALTED (Updated Aug. 12, 2021)
For the health and safety of the public and City employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Atlantic Beach is rescheduling or canceling most Recreation Department activities until further notice; after-school programming is the exception. Also, with limited exceptions, all City-permitted activities inside recreational facilities are being rescheduled or canceled until further notice. As such, Movie Night scheduled for Aug. 21 at Bull Park is canceled; the Jazz Festival scheduled for Sept. 4 at Johansen Park is postponed until further notice; and the Acoustic Night events scheduled for Aug. 15 and Aug. 29, at Bull and Beaches Memorial Veterans parks, respectively, will not be held in-person. Instead, they will be live-streamed.
Refunds are available upon request for all upcoming City-permitted events. City-permitted private events in City parks are not impacted by this decision; they are still allowed.
The City will continue to assess this ever-changing situation and determine whether future events will be rescheduled or canceled. We thank you for your understanding. For information about Recreation Department programming, email email@example.com or call (904) 247-5828. Visit https://coab.us/945/Coronavirus-Information for the City’s COVID-19 updates.
COVID-19 VACCINATION SITES
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.