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Project Pandemic Prevention: Flagler’s Campaign Against Zika Bats Strategies Around

| September 29, 2016

Today’s joint meeting of Flagler government representatives and health department officials summarized the latest in the Zika outbreak (with two cases locally) as two FPC students prepare to launch a zika-fighting project involving bat houses.

Local Authorities Converge on Areas of Concern as Travel-Related Zika Cases Are Declared in Palm Coast

| September 20, 2016

Mosquito Control officials have been focusing on mosquito hot spots in Palm Coast’s P Section and visited other properties of concern as county officials prepare a county-wide meeting next week to address the local response.

Zika Virus In Flagler: Preparations In Place But Response Limited to Education and Prevention

| August 16, 2016

The Flagler County Health Department says it’s prepared for an outbreak of Zika virus in the county, which has so far been spared, but the focus is on the only thing officials can do: education, elimination of standing water where possible, and limited travel for pregnant women.

Administrator Patrick Johnson Calls It Quits as Flagler Health Department Endures Big Changes

| June 1, 2015

Flagler County Health Department Administrator Patrick Johnson is resigning at the end of the month to take a public health post in North Carolina as county departments in Florida see their roles shift and diminish.

Preparedness Before Hype: Flagler Emergency Responders Form Team With Ebola in Mind

| November 13, 2014

An “incident management team” was created to respond to any infectious disease emergency in Flagler, with Emergency Management, Florida Hospital Flagler and the the Health Department leading the response, should one ever be necessary.

Misleading TV Report Raises Overblown Fears About “Flesh-Eating” Bacteria on Beaches

| August 1, 2014

Flagler County Health Department Director Patrick Johnson and his staff have been fielding calls from tourists worried about reports of “flesh-eating” bacteria on local beaches. And they’ve been telling them to relax: the reports are misleading and outright false.

Flagler Democrats Will Demonstrate For Obamacare in Front of Health Department Tuesday

| September 30, 2013

The noon demonstration by the Flagler County Democratic Club marks the first day of Obamacare’s insurance exchanges, and protests Florida’s sustained opposition, and various obstacles, to the law, including the prohibition against use of local health departments to make it easier for the uninsured to get coverage.

Flagler Health Department Chief Defends Ban on Navigators, Citing Privacy and Logistics

| September 16, 2013

Flagler County Health Department Director Patrick Johnson defended the state’s controversial ban from DOH property against outreach workers called Navigators, who help uninsured people sign up for subsidized health coverage under Obamacare–a law Florida officials have actively and chronically obstructed.

Flagler Health Department Launches “Gospel” to Combat Twin Killers: Tobacco and Obesity

| September 5, 2013

Two initiatives will be the centerpiece of the Flagler Health Department’s strategy in the coming year: Tobacco Free Flagler and an effort to reduce the incidence of overweight and obese residents through more awareness of good nutrition, BMI and healthier activities.

As if Flu Wasn’t Enough: Flagler on Alert For New Strain of “Winter Vomiting Disease”

| January 29, 2013

It’s not here yet. But it’s spreading fast: a new, virulent strain of norovirus, an intestinal and very contagious virus that causes projectile vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms, and that has the Flagler County Health Department cautioning schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other such places to beware.

Shrinking Flagler Health Department Looks to Community Care As Neediest Alternative

| June 29, 2011

The $700,000-a-year federal grant would open a community health center focused on the uninsured and providing the sort of care people seek out more expensively in emergency rooms.

Florida Department of Health Would Cut 1,600 Jobs and Move Out of Primary Care

| March 2, 2011

The plan doubles the original estimate of job losses at the department. Of those jobs, almost 1,050 would be outsourced or privatized, for budget reductions of $185 million.

As County Health Departments Brace For Cuts in Vital Services, Flagler’s Makes Its Case

| February 21, 2011

The Flagler County Health Department sees an average of 136 people a day, providing clinical, dental and maternal services, among other things, that no other agency provides. That safety net is in jeopardy.

Flagler Health Department Downplays Worries As First Cholera Case Is Confirmed in Florida

| November 17, 2010

The disease, carried from travelers from Haiti, is dangerous and can be deadly, but its chances of spreading in the United States are next to nil, treatment is simple, and recovery swift–when it’s caught in time.

“Back 2 School Jam”‘s Free Backpacks, Supplies and Shots Draws Thousands at FPC

| August 7, 2010

In addition to free school supplies, the annual jam provided free bike helmets to those hardy students willing to sit through immunization shots.

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