Deadly COVID-19 virus poses challenges on all fronts

Florida has joined the ranks of states across the nation that have issued Stay-at-Home orders in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a 30-day Stay-At-Home executive order effective April 3. His action came just days before U.S. Surgeon Gen. Dr. Jerome Adams warned the nation that “this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week … [Read more...]

Health News 04/08/2020

New appointments • Access Health Care Physicians appointed Dr. Rosario Tucci, primary care physician, to its staff. Dr. Tucci received her medical degree from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Facultad de Medicina de San Fernando, Lima, Peru. She completed her medical internship at Hospital del Maestro in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She also is fluent in both her native Spanish and … [Read more...]

Coping with uncertainties

As concerns ratchet up regarding the health and economic threats posed by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), a licensed mental health counselor from Wesley Chapel offers some suggestions to help cope with the additional pressures. “People’s lives go through various ups and downs, and the same is true of our human existence. “The world also goes through up and downs,” said Shabana Churruca, … [Read more...]

Numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths climb

The numbers keep climbing. There were a total of 140,904 cases and a total of 2,405 deaths as of the evening of March 30, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Northern Marianas and the U.S. Virgin Islands have reported cases. “The United States nationally is in the acceleration phase of the pandemic,” the CDC … [Read more...]

For Mind and Body websites

Emotional ABCs: bit.ly/39TYhFf (social-emotional learning resources and programs) Emotional Health Activities: bit.ly/3a1EfZE (30 activities to download and use, for parents and students) GoNoodle.com: Movement and mindfulness videos Mindfulness and relaxation apps for kids with anxiety: bit.ly/3a1DSOK (15 apps for overcoming stress and anxiety) Mindfulness Resources for Teens: … [Read more...]

Hospital visitation limited, elective surgeries canceled

Hospitals across the region are limiting visitors and canceling elective surgeries, as they ramp up preparations to treat increasing cases of people infected by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). As of 11 a.m. on March 23, The Florida Department of Health reported 1,096 confirmed cases of Florida residents and 75 cases of non-Florida residents, for a total of 1,171. Of those, 73 involved … [Read more...]

Health News 03/25/2020

Nurse recognition Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point awarded registered nurse James Riley as the February DAISY award winner. Riley is a nurse on the 2 Central Unit and was recognized by several patients for the care he provided them. The patients praised Riley for making a lasting impact, and for taking time out of his busy day to just sit and listen, and talk to them. The DAISY winner … [Read more...]

Coronavirus poses dangers, disrupts daily life

The ever-evolving threat posed by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has forced schools across Florida to shut down, blocked visitors from nursing homes, caused wide-ranging travel and event cancellations, and stripped grocery aisles — especially of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Locally, parents of students in the Pasco and Hillsborough county school districts are bracing to prepare for an … [Read more...]

Health News 03/18/2020

Pharmacy waives delivery fees CVS Health has issued a statement that it is taking additional steps to address the coronavirus disease-19 outbreak and to protect patient access to medication. Starting immediately, CVS Pharmacy will waive charges for home delivery of prescription medications. Aetna, a CVS Health company, will now offer 90-day maintenance medication prescriptions for insured … [Read more...]

Therapy dog helps address mental illness

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has added a therapy dog to expand its efforts to better serve the needs of people facing significant mental health and substance abuse issues. The therapy dog is the newest member of a Behavioral Health Intervention Team (BHIT) the law enforcement agency established last year. The team’s primary task is to keep tabs on individuals who have been held … [Read more...]