Norovirus outbreak in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — According to a press release from The Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County, they are investigating an outbreak of norovirus at a long-term care facility. Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S. Commonly called the stomach flu and food poisoning, norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness […]

Child narrowly escapes drowning in tub

OKEECHOBEE — A young girl very narrowly escaped death thanks to the quick action of her grandmother and a deputy with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO). OCSO Deputy Lieutenant Shane Snyder was sent to a home on S.E. Fifth Street around 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, June 27. He was told a child had drowned in […]

Mobile Crisis Unit delivers free emergency mental health services

 OKEECHOBEE — When a 10-year-old boy whose father recently passed away said he wanted to kill himself, his mother called the New Horizons Mobile Crisis Unit for immediate help. At first, the boy refused to discuss his feelings with the licensed mental health counselor. But after hours of gentle encouragement, he sat down on the […]

What’s the true cost of smoking physically and financially?

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida Week wants Floridians to know the cost of smoking — what smoking costs Floridians — both physically and financially. The amount of money smokers spend can be significant. A pack-a-day smoker in Florida can spend more than $2,000 in just one year and more than […]

Report highlights health concerns

OKEECHOBEE — Many Okeechobee County residents had health problems in 2016. The annual County Health Rankings and Roadmaps released by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation ranked Okeechobee as the 62nd healthiest county in Florida. The annual ranking takes into account outcomes, length of life, quality of life, health behaviors like smoking and obesity, available clinical […]

Deputy rescues child from hot car

OKEECHOBEE — Two young children were very lucky this week as they were safely removed from two hot, locked vehicles in separate incidents in Okeechobee County. So far, in 2016, 29 children have died from heatstrokes after being left in a hot car. Last year, a total of 24 children died as a result of […]

Woman regains sight after 20 years

OKEECHOBEE — “It is the most wonderful thing in the world to see again,” said Mary Ann Franco. Mrs. Franco, 70, was blind for more than 20 years. On Wednesday, April 6, following surgery for injuries incurred in a recent fall, she regained her vision. While doctors have theories, they aren’t certain what happened. “The doctor […]

2015-2016 Medical Information Guide

Click here for the 2015-2016 Medical Information Guide, published October 28, 2015, supplemental to the Okeechobee News.

Urgent Need for O Negative Blood Donations

OKEECHOBEE — The supply of O Negative blood has reached extremely low levels due to high usage in area hospitals. An immediate appeal is being issued for all O Negative donors to donate at OneBlood, the local blood center, as soon as possible.

Raccoon attacks 74-year-old woman in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — A 74-year-old Okeechobee woman is receiving rabies vaccinations after she was bitten on the hand by an aggressive raccoon.

Brian Sell, a preparedness planner and public information officer with the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Okeechobee, said the woman is being treated because the animal has not been captured.