Tobacco Free Partnership and OSAC members to hold quarterly meeting with a tropical theme

OKEECHOBEE — The Tobacco Free Partnership and OSAC quarterly meeting will be a virtual meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. Wear your favorite Hawaiian/tropical/island shirt so everyone (not required) feels like they are on a tropical island and not behind your desk with a mask on. Join Zoom Meeting at: ID: 870 3913 […]

COVID-19 positive rates vary around lake

The rates of positive results from COVID-19 tests being conducted throughout all the counties in the Lake Okeechobee region are curiously out of whack with each other, and after five solid months do not seem to be approaching any sort of equilibrium or middle ground. From top to bottom in those rankings among the five […]

Alzheimer’s Association’s Brain Bus offers virtual programs

The Alzheimer’s Association Virtual Brain Bus is here to help. This statewide outreach initiative raises awareness about Alzheimer’s and related dementia from any device connected to the internet. Programs are led by trained dementia experts and will address the benefits of early detection, early diagnosis, brain health, risk reduction, how to receive an accurate diagnosis […]

Outbreaks of salmonella linked to backyard poultry

The COVID-19 pandemic has been connected with an increase in people keeping backyard chickens, which in turn is believed to be connected to an increase in salmonella outbreaks. According to a National Public Radio report, hatcheries all over the country have reported increased demand for chicks from people who want to start their own backyard […]

Smoking associated with high risk of COVID-19

By Adam JohnsonQuoteWizard Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated people over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and diabetes are most at risk of serious illness from COVID-19. While those groups of people remain at […]

Hendry Regional launches ER wait time display on U.S. 27

By Electa WaddellHendry Regional Medical Center CLEWISTON — Patients needing emergency care at Hendry Regional Medical Center (HRMC) now have an easy way to find out how long the ER wait is before they get there. Patients can now check the hospital’s website, or it can be found on the digital sign located on U.S. […]

Your blood is needed

OKEECHOBEE — One Blood is asking Okeechobee to donate blood, not just to help those with COVID-19 but also those with cancer, with injuries, those having surgeries, newborns, heart attacks and much, much more. Antibodies in your plasma (the liquid which carries blood throughout your body) are helping COVID patients recover. But all donations are […]

Thomson recalls onions due to salmonella risk

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, Calif., is recalling Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions shipped from May 1, 2020,through the present, according to a notice form the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The onions are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can […]

Commissioner Nikki Fried announces second phase of improvements to prescribed burning program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– Today (Aug. 4) Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Forest Service announced a second phase of major enhancements to the prescribed burning program, which is authorized by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Prescribed burning in Florida is a national model for successfully managing statewide forests and lands through safe, […]

Hand washing important for general health

In March, as the COVID-19 virus spread, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the World Health Organization encouraged everyone to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly. Frequent hand washing is “the most effective way to break the chain” of virus transmission from contaminated surfaces, according to Joseph Allen, director of the […]