A closer look at coronavirus statistics in Pasco County

Pasco County’s percentage of positive coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases compares favorably to the state’s percentage of positive cases, according to Mike Napier, health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County. Napier’s comments came on April 24, during a town hall virtual meeting hosted by Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey. Napier said the health … [Read more...]

Seminars aim to empower Pasco women

The first of a three-part series aimed to advance the interests of Pasco County women took place on March 4 at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, on Collier Parkway. All of the meetings, being presented by the Pasco County Commission on the Status of Women and the Pasco County Commission, are being held at the library, and are free and open to the public. The theme of the first part of the … [Read more...]

Pasco County Health Department issues rabies alert

A rabies alert has been issued for a portion of Pasco County by Mike Napier, county health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County. The rabies alert has been issued for an area that’s generally west of Morris Bridge Road, south of State Road 54, east of Ashton Oaks Boulevard and north of Chancey Road. The alert came in response to a raccoon that tested positive for … [Read more...]

Pasco County health rankings improve from last year

On average, Pasco County residents are slightly healthier than they were last year. Out of Florida’s 67 counties, Pasco ranks 37th in health outcomes, according to the University of Wisconsin’s 2016 County Heath Rankings & Roadmaps tool. That’s four spots better than the county’s ranking last year, when it came in at 41st in the state. The rankings are a broad measure summarizing … [Read more...]

Premier to take over maternity services

Premier Community Healthcare Inc. will soon inherit prenatal services to expecting mothers from the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County. The state agency will no longer provide those services effective Jan. 31, and already has stopped accepting new prenatal clients. Premier will take over that care for current prenatal clients who have not chosen an alternative provider by Jan. … [Read more...]

Stay safe in the water this holiday weekend

The Pasco County Department of Health is reminding residents the potential dangers of water activities during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, and is suggesting tips to keep people safe. "When you make plans for this patriotic holiday, be sure to discuss water safety," said county health officer Mike Napier, in a release. "Water activities are a great way to stay active, but they can come … [Read more...]

Park fees in Pasco waived on Saturday

The weather might not necessarily cooperate, but if there's any sunshine this weekend, the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County is encouraging people to get outside and have some healthy active outdoor fun. It's all part of National Get Outdoors Day and the health department's Healthiest Weight initiative. Falling this year on June 14, National Get Outdoors Day is designed to bring … [Read more...]

Rabies alert area in Zephyrhills expanded

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County has expanded the boundaries for a rabies alert it issued last month, after a raccoon found outside the previous boundaries tested positive for rabies. The current alert is for the next 60 days, with the center of the affected area in the southeast area of Pasco. It's bordered on the west by County Road 535, on the south by Centennial Road, on the … [Read more...]

Rabies threat hits Pasco’s wildlife

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County is reminding residents to be mindful of wild and stray animals that can carry rabies. Raccoons, bats, foxes and skunks commonly carry the rabies virus. An animal with rabies could infect other wild animals or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies. “Rabies is present in Pasco’s wild animal population and contact should … [Read more...]