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Two deaths in Florida prisons linked to COVID-19

Two deaths in Florida prisons linked to COVID-19

At least 100 inmates, employees and contracted staff at Florida corrections facilities have tested positive for COVID-19 as of April 16. Now the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is reporting two deaths potentially linked to the deadly virus. While the deceased individuals did test positive for COVID-19, little else has been shared by FDC. According […]

Blackwater outbreak spreads, questions unanswered

Blackwater outbreak spreads, questions unanswered

After days of adding less than 10 new cases, Santa Rosa County’s count of positive COVID-19 cases jumped by 30 in one report April 9. But these were not community-based spread. The increase was due to an outbreak of the deadly virus inside Blackwater Correctional Institute in Milton. The facility reported 33 inmates and six […]

Santa Rosa reports third COVID-19 death

Santa Rosa reports third COVID-19 death

A third person died of COVID-19 in Santa Rosa County Friday as the number of positive tests for the virus continues to climb. Santa Rosa reported 105 positive cases as of 5 p.m. Friday. Among those cases were 30 inmates at Blackwater Correctional Institution reported to have tested positive for the virus Thursday.   According […]

State COVID-19 pending test numbers lag behind reality

State COVID-19 pending test numbers lag behind reality

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Florida sees first coronavirus cases

Florida sees first coronavirus cases

A patient exhibiting flu-like symptoms at a medical center in Fort Walton Beach was tested for COVID-19, better known as coronavirus. Three days later, two unrelated patients tested presumptive positive for the illness in Florida, a diagnosis confirmed Monday by federal health authorities. According to a press release, White-Wilson Medical Center elected to temporarily close […]

Local health department encourages flu vaccination

Local health department encourages flu vaccination

As flu activity begins to increase in our area, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) is recommending flu shots for everyone over the age of six months. An annual flu shot can protect you, your family and the community, and is especially important for those in high risk groups, which […]

Navarre Beach waters safe despite Facebook scare

Navarre Beach waters safe despite Facebook scare

The Navarre Beach Lifeguard Program apologized Sept. 4 for posting a faulty water quality advisory telling swimmers the beach was unsafe and closing the water to visitors.   Following the initial Facebook post, Beach Safety Director Austin Turnbull announced that the post was a false alarm and that the waters were safe, but the initial post […]

Five things to know: Youth tobacco myths

Five things to know: Youth tobacco myths

The results of this year’s Florida Youth Tobacco Survey came with good news and bad for health advocates calling for an end to underage tobacco use. Tobacco Free Florida Bureau Chief Laura Corbin said her agency, an arm of the state’s Department of Health, was glad to see reductions in many categories of tobacco use […]

Five things to know: Stroke risk

Five things to know: Stroke risk

In Santa Rosa County, 6,145 people had a stroke in 2016, according to the Florida Department of Health. And the data does not paint a rosy picture. Strokes and stroke deaths throughout the county have been on the rise for the past five years.   Read the full article in the Aug. 1 issue of […]

Mosquito-borne illness risk heighten in Florida

Mosquito-borne illness risk heighten in Florida

Increased risk of human infection of a deadly mosquito borne illness has health officials advising Floridians to take precautions. The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) advised July 25 there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Orange County, specifically from Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) infection. According the […]

Rabies and microchip clinic offered in Milton

Rabies and microchip clinic offered in Milton

After overwhelming numbers for their first clinic, A HOPE for Santa Rosa County is offering a second low cost Rabies and Microchip Clinic June 29 for cats and dogs in Santa Rosa County. The first clinic was held June 7 in response to the Florida Department of Health issuing a rabies alert for Santa Rosa […]

Rabies alert issued in Santa Rosa County

Rabies alert issued in Santa Rosa County

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County has issued a rabies alert for the City of Milton. The alert is in response to a report of a positive test result for rabies in a raccoon May 31. The rabies alert will be in effect for the next 60 days. An animal with rabies […]

Navarre Beach rescuers to get lifesaving CPR device

Navarre Beach rescuers to get lifesaving CPR device

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue announced Friday it will be able to purchase a new piece of lifesaving equipment thanks to a grant from the Florida Department of Health. The grant will be used to purchase a LUCAS Chest Compression System.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Local health improvement factors identified in study

Local health improvement factors identified in study

Santa Rosa County looks to continue its success in improving public health after addressing new data published this week. The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County has acknowledged the 2019 County Health Rankings study published by the University of Wisconsin last week. Read the full article in the March 28 issue of Navarre […]

Citizens calling for end to Santa Rosa Sound effluent discharge

Citizens calling for end to Santa Rosa Sound effluent discharge

Citizens are calling for an end to permitted discharge of Navarre Beach’s treated wastewater into Santa Rosa Sound within the next five years, and they have successfully petitioned the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to hold a public meeting on the matter later this month. The March 26 meeting is part of Santa Rosa […]

PIT Count, U-Count volunteers tackle homelessness

PIT Count, U-Count volunteers tackle homelessness

To tackle a problem requires knowing what the problem is, and fighting local homelessness is no different. In an effort to better understand the struggles faced by hundreds of homeless residents in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, Opening Doors Northwest Florida (formerly EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless) will be conducting an annual Point in Time […]

Four things to know in October: Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Four things to know in October: Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

On the heels of announced policy improvements at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter, the facility has also launched a low-cost spay and neuter program for certain breeds of dogs. Animal Services received a grant of $20,000 from the Florida Animal Friend spay/neuter license plate program to begin a limited low-cost spay/neuter program for the pets […]

Lax oversight raises concerns about school flu shots

Lax oversight raises concerns about school flu shots

In the wake of parents protesting that some Santa Rosa school students were given flu vaccinations against their wishes, questions are being raised about the large Jacksonville company that administers the shots with minimal oversight. Public documents and interviews with government officials indicate that although the Santa Rosa County School District abruptly suspended the flu […]

School nurse ranks thin in Santa Rosa

School nurse ranks thin in Santa Rosa

By most measures the quality of health care in Santa Rosa public schools is high, but that’s despite a relatively low ratio of registered nurses to the rising student population. In a diplomatically worded report to the county school board earlier this month, Leslie Adams, the district’s nursing coordinator under the Florida Department of Health, […]

National Night Out to unite community

National Night Out to unite community

Back to school is rapidly approaching, and the 35th Annual National Night Out, Aug. 7, aims to help Santa Rosa County’s youngest residents prepare for the coming school year. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and Target stores each year in partnership with local organizations to offer entertainment, information, […]

Westgate families left without water

Westgate families left without water

Just outside NAS Whiting Field in Milton, a group of 12 families live in dated mobile homes clustered along a little dead-end street. Among the families are seniors and children as young as a year old. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as […]

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

At age 16 Christopher Dykes walked away from the church without looking back. As he launched out into independence, he also launched into experimentation with illegal substances. Dykes said that for nearly 17 years he tried to fill the void of loneliness with everything from alcohol to marijuana to cocaine. Read the full article in […]

Court overturns state ban on smokable medical marijuana

Court overturns state ban on smokable medical marijuana

Smoking medical marijuana in the state of Florida is a constitutional right, according to a recent court ruling, but the more than 100,000 patients with chronic and debilitating illnesses in Florida who use marijuana for treatment are not safe to light up just yet. Just one hour after Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers handed […]

Sheriff’s office to receive Narcan to fight overdose

Sheriff’s office to receive Narcan to fight overdose

Overdoses on opioids in Santa Rosa County are on the rise year over year, and nationwide deaths from opioid overdose in the U.S. have risen 22 percent according to Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson. Johnson gave an update on the opioid crisis in Santa Rosa County Tuesday during the monthly meeting of the Santa Rosa […]

Santa Rosa schools receive health Gold award

Santa Rosa schools receive health Gold award

For the sixth year Santa Rosa School District has been given gold for health. The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County recognized the School District of Santa Rosa for receiving the 2016-2018 Florida Healthy School District award. Read the full article in the Mar. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Flu cases on the rise in Santa Rosa

Flu cases on the rise in Santa Rosa

With an increase in cases of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) in our area, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) encourages everyone to protect themselves and their families from the flu by getting vaccinated. According to reports from the Emergency Department at Santa Rosa Medical Center, 2.8 percent of the emergency department […]

County’s school program focuses on abstinence

County’s school program focuses on abstinence

When it comes to teaching the birds and the bees, the Santa Rosa County School District outsources the task. The district has entrusted the Pregnancy Resource Center of Milton to handle teaching students about sex, healthy relationships and sexually transmitted diseases. Director of Student Services Sherry Smith said it is not uncommon to bring in […]

Emergency officials keep Cold War vigilance

Emergency officials keep Cold War vigilance

Although a nuclear attack on our area is far less likely than such natural catastrophes as hurricanes, Daniel Hahn has a plan to take cover in his house and use a large couch as a shield from gamma rays. “I know my home. I know exactly what I would do in case of a hurricane, […]

City council high on self

City council high on self

In November 2016, 70 percent of Floridian voters amended the state’s constitution to expand medical marijuana use for thousands of patients. Milton, Niceville and Crestview have decided to ignore these constituents by placing bans on medical marijuana dispensaries. Despite even higher levels of support – 79 percent – within their constituency, Gulf Breeze’s city council […]