JUST A WORD ABOUT COVID-19 …

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – We do NOT have a confirmed case of COVID-19 on Gasparilla Island. According to officials, “The Boca Grande Fire Department responded to an EMS call this morning where the screening process required crews to deploy a higher level of personal protective equipment. This is a normal precaution that going forward may […]

Coronavirus explained: BGHC doctor explains the latest information

BY LAUREN HANA MD – The novel (new) coronavirus, now called COVID-19, is a respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in December of 2019. Initial cases were linked to a large open-air seafood and animal market. This virus is a relative of the coronaviruses that caused SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle […]

From the Miccosukee in the Everglades to Boca Grande and beyond people are asking … where is our clean water?

■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE UPDATE: Gov. Rick Scott has now issued an emergency order to allow water from Lake Okeechobee to be discharged to the south, into the Everglades, instead of directing runoff primarily east and west.  The governor’s order calls for the suspension of rules and modification of permits to allow water to move […]

A letter from the Boca Grande Health Clinic

Dear friends and patients of the Boca Grande Health Clinic: As the “season” approaches, it seems timely to send out an update about Zika virus disease. You might be aware that Zika virus is now endemic in a small area of Miami Beach. There have been almost 100 non-travel-related cases in Miami-Dade County, and the […]