The tests will be available to anyone who meets the criteria for testing, as set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A doctor’s order in not required for testing. AdventHealth will pay the cost of testing for the uninsured.
Health & Society
Flagler County Elections Supervisor Keiti Lenhart is among the Florida supervisors who have asked Gov. Ron DeSantis for emergency measures they say will help them cope with an anticipated “significant statewide shortage” of poll workers later this year because of the coronavirus.
Abril Cestoni, a Palm Coast resident and an employee at Publix in the Hammock, said she distributed 400 pamphlets to inform residents of what she considered to be problems with the local clergy. She said she was not showing signs of Covid-19 infection.
Recovered patients who are at least 15 days out from experiencing symptoms are eligible to donate plasma through OneBlood, whose Big Red Bus is routinely seen in palm Cpoast and Flagler, collecting blood.
Florida’s and Flagler’s complete twice-daily reports by the Health Department of Covid-19 data including county-by-county infection numbers, testing, people monitored and deaths.
Communities nationwide must fight their own coronavirus battles, leaving local hospitals to make do with limited staffing, testing, personal protective equipment and mechanical gear. The difficult conversations feel unceasingly cruel.
The coronavirus crisis is laying bare how record low unemployment and a booming stock market helped conceal the still weak levels of household wealth, public infrastructure, and overall socio-economic fragility of most Americans.
Flagler County’s emergency management division secured the 500 test kits in addition to those at the health department, and it hopes to secure more. The drive-in location will still be by appointment, with a focus on first responders, health workers and those over 65.
Flagler Beach’s Wanda Dearth is among those organizing drives for cash, food, masks and other items for front-line health workers and others, while AdventHealth has launched a hub facilitating contributions.
As with so many other aspects of the coronavirus, determining when a patient has recovered is fraught with uncertainties. Federal guidelines are limited. Physicians can’t offer seemingly recovered patients who aren’t retested any guarantees about whether they will be able to transmit the virus.