Pasco County hosts Disaster Expo to help residents

Pasco County marked the beginning of this year’s hurricane season with an expo aimed at helping residents better prepare for potential disasters. The county’s 2019 Disaster Expo, held at the Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson, gave those attending a chance to learn about myriad ways to better protect themselves, if a disaster should strike. Participants at the June 1 event included the … [Read more...]

Survey aims to gauge unmet needs of seniors, caregivers

The Pinellas Community Foundation and the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas are working together to assess the unmet needs of seniors and their caregivers. A survey—the Community Assessment Survey of Older Adults — will be sent to 10,000 randomly selected households across every Pinellas and Pasco zip code in which at least one resident is known to be aged 60 and over. The survey … [Read more...]

Region has frigid wake-up call

The new year brought the first blast of winter to Pasco County, and to the Tampa Bay region. Freeze warnings and wind chill advisories rained down daily from the National Weather Service, as frigid air dipped into north and central Florida, and stayed for days. For the first time in decades, Tallahassee had measurable snowfall. Here in Tampa Bay, snow was a no-show, but temperatures … [Read more...]

Hurricane Irma: A disruptive force

With Hurricane Irma threatening Florida last week, officials weren’t taking any chances on where or when the massive storm would make landfall. The deadly storm was churning in the Atlantic, when Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Sept. 4, warning residents that Irma is a “a massive storm” that could prove devastating. “This storm is bigger, faster and stronger than … [Read more...]

Commission applauds CVS for removing tobacco products

The Pasco County Commission publicly commended drugstore chain CVS Health Tuesday for removing tobacco products from its stores around the country. In a resolution, the commission cited a January surgeon general's report that said smoking kills 480,000 people annually, and sickens millions more. It also costs the nation more than $289 billion in health care expenses and economic costs each … [Read more...]

Yacht says school district needs protection from itself

It’s not uncommon to find education leaders with the “doctor” title before their name. But Marc Yacht is not one of those kinds of doctors. He’s actually a medical doctor, the retired director of the Pasco County Health Department. And he now wants to lend his medical knowledge and experience to Pasco County Schools as a member of the school board. “I’m advocating for more nursing … [Read more...]

Mosquito-borne chikungunya cases on the rise

As more cases of people infected by the chikungunya virus are reported in Florida, public health officials are spreading the word about the need to take precautions. Chikungunya is spread by two mosquito species, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, both of which are found in Florida. “It’s a virus that’s been around in Asia and Africa for many, many years,” said Amanda Pullman, an … [Read more...]