Health

Clay County Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Amnesty Day, City of Keystone Heights Area

The Clay County Board of County Commissioners, the Department of Environmental Services and the City of Keystone Heights encourage all Clay County residents to participate in the 2011 Great American Cleanup Spring Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Amnesty Day. Residents are asked to bring all household hazardous wastes including; paint, pesticides, pool chemicals, oil, anti-freeze, drain cleaners and paint thinner to the Clay County Health Department in Keystone Heights, April 23, 2011.

Clay County Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events

The Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Task Force is sponsoring the following free public events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Crime Victims’ Rights Week:

Self-Defense ClassMonday, April 11th, at 6:00 p.m. at CCSO Operations Center, 212 Blanding Boulevard.  Reservations are required. Please call the Victim Services Center at (904) 284-RAPE (7273) to reserve your spot today!

Victims’ Rights CeremonyThursday, April 14th, at 5:30 p.m. at Orange Park Town Hall, Kingsley Ave. & Park Ave.  Ceremony to honor survivors of all violent crimes and their families.  Candlelight ceremony, victim speakers, music, victim services information, refreshments.  Open to the public.

Clay County Health Department Clinic Opens to Reduce Use of Emergency Rooms for Non-Emergency Care

The Clay County Health Department will see uninsured patients at the Ed Stansel clinic located in Green Cove Springs two days a week starting April 4th. To get an appointment, a patient’s eligibility must be assessed by the Health Department Social Services staff.

“Since this is a grant funded clinic, requirements must be met before people can become patients of this clinic,” stated Nancy Mills, Health Department Administrator. “People that will be seen at this clinic must be Clay County residents, don’t have a regular doctor and don’t have insurance. They also must meet with our Social Service staff to see if they are eligible before they will be given an appointment.” If a Clay County resident needs a healthcare provider, but is not eligible for the Ed Stansel clinic in Green Cove Springs, they can call the health department about their Bear Run location in Orange Park.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Cause for Concern in Clay County

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Cause for Concern in Clay County

April is STD Awareness Month and sexually transmitted illness (STI) continues to be a concern for Clay County. “We are seeing a continued increase in Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in our young people ages between 10-24 years old,” stated Nancy Mills, Clay County Health Department Administrator. Mills refers to 2010 statistics that show 77% of all reported Chlamydia cases in Clay residents occurred in the younger age group compared to the 23% in the 25 years and older age group. Also, 59% of the reported Gonorrhea cases occurred in the younger age group compared to the 41% in 25 years and older. Reported syphilis cases were 43% in the younger age group compared to 47% in the 25 years and older group.

Summer Food Service Program for Clay County Schools

The Clay County District Schools will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program during the months of June and July.  We are required by USDA to arrange a media release to the public informing them of this information.  Therefore, we would like to request a release time of June 1st  by announcing this information.  During these economic times, it will be welcome news to many families in our county.

Local Grocer Sees Food Prices Rise, Says Relief on Way

Local Grocer Sees Food Prices Rise, Says Relief on Way

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rob Rowe owns two independent grocery stores in Jacksonville and said he has never seen grocery prices rise this high, this fast.

"Tomatoes have been costing me $2 a pound or more," he said.

Rowe said his wholesale costs of groceries has gone up 12 to 15 percent in recent months. Meat prices have increased an average of 25 percent. He blames the rising costs of groceries on the rising price of gas, but also corn.

Four ears of corn sell for $4 now at his store; a year ago they were $2. "Corn is used to feed animals that produce meat, and we have corn being used to fuel automobiles in the form of ethanol, so the price is going to go up. We need to find a way to make more corn."

Corn is in many grocery items like cereal, corn oil, corn syrup and many more items so those prices are going  up as well, not to mention meat, he said.

Winn-Dixie Protects Customers' Health with Exclusive Service Sanitizing Shopping Carts

Winn-Dixie Protects Customers' Health with Exclusive Service Sanitizing Shopping Carts

Winn-Dixie Stores announced it recently signed an exclusive agreement with Green Secure Solutions, Inc. to use its patent-pending process to clean, sanitize and protect shopping carts, hand baskets, handicap carts, food trays and other equipment at the grocer’s 484 stores.