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Caitlin Johnston - Breaking News Reporter — Transportation

Breaking News Reporter — Transportation

I write about transportation, a subject that affects all of us as we navigate our busy lives. I let you know how new projects will impact your commute and quality of life, while also dissecting complex policies and budgets. My work takes me from bus stops to government meetings to sitting in mind-numbing traffic jams. I’m a proud Hoosier, a slow runner, and a lover of mountains. I studied journalism and political science at Indiana University and earned my master’s at the University of Maryland. I joined the Times in 2012, first covering breaking news in Tampa and east Hillsborough. I attend 9-hour meetings and read traffic studies from the 1960s so you didn’t have to. I’m always looking for story ideas.

  1. The Rapid Biofluid Analyzer 2 screens saliva samples for COVID-19. Created by Largo-based company Kaligia Biosciences, the machine is in clinical trials now. [Kaligia Biosciences]
  2. Health care workers talk with a patient before collecting a sample AdventHealth opens a new free of cost and non-invasive COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot of Adventure Island on April 22 in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  3. Jose Villarreal, 56, of Tampa, places his COVID-19 test into the drive-thru drawer at a CVS Health on Friday in Tarpon Springs. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
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  5. Healthcare workers talk with a patient before collecting a COVID-19 sample April 22 in the parking lot of Adventure Island. The drive-thru was suspended after issues with a laboratory partner caused a backlog in results. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  6. The St Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 521 Atwood Ave. N, which is dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  7. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]
  8. CVS Health is opening three local drive-thru test sites on Friday where individuals can swab themselves for COVID-19 from the privacy of their car. A medical professional will give them instructions and oversee the collection. [Photo courtesy of CVS Health]
  9. Her father had just given her a bath when Sariya Terilus, 3, shown here in an undated photo, was struck by bullet fragments. [Photo courtesy of Robert Jennings]
  10. Co'chiese Sanders gives some attention to Bobby Howard's hair inside Sanders' mobile barbershop, a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 minivan called ManCave Beverly Hills. Sanders set up shop Monday, reopening day for salons and barbers, at 11600 9th St. N. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  11. Aerial view of an empty Clearwater Beach due to COVID-19 closures pictured on April 10. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  12. In April, emergency personnel prepare to transport a resident of the Freedom Square retirement community in Seminole who tested positive for COVID-19. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  13. Community Convalescent Center in Plant City has suffered its first two COVID-19 deaths, according to state data. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  14. Firefighters responded to a call Friday afternoon at the Extended Stay America, St. Petersburg-Carillon Park, 2311 Ulmerton Road. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  15. Ezequiel Martinez, center, administers a COVID-19 test using a nasopharyngeal swab on Aidan Besedic, 15, of Belleair, on Wednesday at a testing site on Druid Road in Clearwater. The site was one of three locations where testing is being offered by Community Health Centers of Pinellas. More than 400 tests were administered at the Clearwater location on Wednesday. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  16. Holly Brito, 32, of St. Petersburg, left, visits Monday with her brother, Luciano Macias, 37, of St. Petersburg at the Gandy Bridge beach area. Macias, a Marine, received a purple heart for shrapnel injuries while serving two tours in Iraq. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  17. Autumn Cox settles in for a beach day at Clearwater Beach on Monday morning with her sons Ryan Cox, 9, left, and Aaron Cox, 5, all of Land 'O Lakes. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  18. Traffic levels seemed to hit a low in early April and stay there until climbing slightly later in the month, according to a Tampa Bay Partnership study. Cars here head west along Hillsborough Avenue at Himes Avenue on April 9. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  19. People enjoy time outside April 1 along Tampa's scenic Bayshore Boulevard, one of the few public spaces open to the public after the city enacted a safer-at- home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  20. Riders wait for a bus to arrive at the Brandon Town Center Mall, a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority transfer stop. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  21. Cars are lined up in the parking lot outside of Raymond James Stadium Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in Tampa. The city asked residents to pre-register for coronavirus testing before arriving at Raymond James Stadium. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  22. A client is tested for the coronavirus by registered nurse Amy Streicher, right, withe the Florida Department of Health Monday at the Childs Park Recreation Centerin St. Petersburg. The tests were administered by the Florida Department of Health, Pinellas County, in cooperation with the City of St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  23. Air travel has been significantly affected by COVID-19 canceling flights worldwide. Tampa International Airport is seeing the effects of the reduced air travel as the normally busy airport is nearly empty on Wednesday in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  24. The Florida Department of Transportation plans to widen the northbound stretch of I-275 at the exit to Kennedy Boulevard and Tampa International Airport by adding another lane. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]