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Two. That’s the new number of COVID-19 cases reported by the state Department of Health in Monroe County on May 18. And as the county’s cases fall, so does the demand for the vaccine. At the moment, about 40,000 Keys residents — 54% — have at least one dose. And 40% of residents have the complete series. And an astounding 90% of Keys residents who are 65 or older have been vaccinated.  Naturally, with so many vaccinated, the demand for the shots continues to dwindle. Starting next month in June, it’s highly unlikely health agencies will continue to offer the mass-vaccination, no-appointment-necessary...

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Naturally, the brand-new hospital is equipped with brand new equipment. In fact, many of the machines still have the cling of blue film to keep them from being scratched when the Weekly toured the hospital on May 10.  .ugb-0c15cf4 hr.ugb-divider__hr{margin-left:auto !important;margin-right:auto !important} The 3D mammography machine will be operating as soon as the hospital opens the doors. CONTRIBUTED 3D MammographyThe Hologic 3D Mammography technology is more accurate than conventional 2D mammograms, detecting 20%-65% more invasive breast cancers.  X-raysThe YSIO X.pree, is a ceiling-mounted...

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An anchor for the heart of the Keys

On Monday, June 7, the brand new Fishermen’s Community Hospital will open to the public. The 37,000-square-foot, $43.7 million facility is nearing completion and the Keys Weekly recently received an exclusive, first look. “I am unbelievably grateful to the Marathon community for supporting the hospital and raising the funds needed to get this hospital built,” said Jay Hershoff. Hershoff is chairman of the Fishermen’s Community Hospital and Mariners Hospital boards and vice chairman of Baptist Health South Florida, the parent company.  Drew Grossman, who was hired in February to replace outgoing...

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A lot can happen in 411 days.  For example, during the April 21 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, emergency management director Shannon Weiner said that Monroe County has been in “Covid Operations” for 411 days. Weiner’s portion of the meeting was a public hearing to consider changes to the county’s mask ordinance. Unless rescinded or extended by the board, the ordinance would sunset on June 1, 2021, subject to quarterly review. The general consensus of the BOCC, with firm backing from health officer and administrator Bob Eadie of the Florida Department of Health in Monroe...

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What effect do artificial sweeteners have on our weight? Since the mid-’70s, artificial sweetener consumption in the U.S. has doubled. Since the 1990s, new products have exploded, leading to more than 6,000 products being introduced from just 1999 to 2004!  Guess what else happened? We have gone from an obesity rate of 8% in the mid-1970s to over 42% by 2017. That is not a typo: forty-two percent.  Who or what is to blame? Unfortunately, it’s not likely we can blame our ‘diet’ sugars, but they may have some effect. Artificial sweeteners include sucralose, aspartame, advantame, saccharin, neotame,...

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Sometimes our friends here in the Keys are gripped by such overwhelming moods and problems that they need help from others. In fact, the emotional black cloud can be so blinding, so confusing, suicide might seem like a viable option. Recently, a 60-year-old male, let’s call him Mike, came to the Guidance/Care Center in a crisis. He had severe alcohol use, depression, anxiety, feelings of guilt and low motivation.  Mike was admitted to GCC Marathon as an inpatient, then was connected to relapse prevention and psychiatric treatment after his discharge.  He now attends group and psychiatric appointments...

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Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay recently made it easier for his deputies to serve, protect and save lives in more ways than one. Ramsay spent about $130,000 of confiscated drug dealer money to buy 100 new portable automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) and dozens of doses of NARCAN, which treat opioid and heroin overdoses.  “In the past 12 months alone, NARCAN has been used 19 times to save the life of someone who has overdosed on heroin or opioid pills,” Lt. James Sheagren said. “And that’s just the sheriff’s office-owned NARCAN. That figure doesn’t include NARCAN used by fire/rescue personnel....

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Marathon Council focuses on dollars and cents

Executives from Baptist Health South Florida showed up in force at the Marathon Council meeting on April 13. The new CEO of Fishermen’s Community Hospital and Mariners Hospital, Drew Grossman; Baptist Health South Florida board chairman Jay Hershoff; and a handful of others were there to encourage the council to renew the special taxing district.  “I got you your numbers to the city manager, I hope you realize, within 24 hours,” said Hershoff. He was referring to the March 9 meeting of Marathon City Council when council members reiterated a desire to see detailed information about Fishermen’s...

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Baptist Health opens vaccine appointments in Islamorada

Baptist Health South Florida is opening up Covid-19 vaccine appointments to individuals 18 and over during a clinic set for next week at Island Christian School in Islamorada.  Sign ups to receive a vaccine next week at ICS will open on Friday at 10 a.m. via BaptistHealth.net/Vaccine. Shots will be administered April 12-14 at the school, located at 83250 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.  Next week’s clinic in Islamorada comes following Baptist Health South Florida’s first mass vaccination clinic in Marathon last month.  Appointments will only be made available online. For more information and/or...

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Vaccines trickle into community health organizations

By Jim McCarthy, Sara Matthis and Mandy Miles Between mass vaccine clinics and pharmacies coming on line, a little more than 25,700 Covid-19 shots have entered the arms of Keys residents. Health care providers are beginning to obtain their initial vaccine shipments following a longer than anticipated wait. And while clinics like Good Health Clinic are pleased to receive the first package, dose totals aren’t quite to the number requested. With offices in Tavernier and Marathon, Good Health Clinic received its first round of Covid-19 doses on April 5. The clinic originally put in a request for...

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