The Voice of the Gem City

LOCAL NEWS 1/21/2021

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

AdventHealth in Flagler County plans to build a $100 million, 100-bed hospital with emergency room on Palm Coast Parkway. The four-story hospital is to open in late 2022 and joins AdventHealth Palm Coast, according to the health care company’s announcement Wednesday. Palm Coast has seen a spurt in medical related facilities including city government building relations with University of North Florida and Jacksonville University to create a health care hub. Both universities are planning sub-campuses in Town Center to offer health care education. FlaglerHealth Plus, originally Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, has been looking at possibly building a hospital in Palm Coast.

An accident with injuries on State Road 207 in Putnam County blocked traffic both ways this morning. Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck at 207 and Rector Road that happened at 7:40 a.m.

The two Putnam County deputies whose cars collided Tuesday were headed to a possible domestic violence call when the accident occurred, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. A domestic issue at a convenience store was called in to the Sheriff’s Office and then deputies were told the suspect had returned to the scene, taking the victim’s car as well as the victim, a woman. The deputies spotted the suspect’s car heading west on State Road 20. They were headed in the opposite direction and in attempting to turn around somehow collided, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the domestic incident. Names of the deputies, 24 and 25, are not being released because of safety concerns, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The two have multiple injuries including broken legs and one has a broken pelvis. They remain in an Orange Park hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to FHP. Both were wearing seatbelts and both have “remarkable safety records,” PCSO Col. Joe Wells said.

Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County reported three new coronavirus related death Wednesday. The total is now 143. In addition 135 new coronavirus cases were reported, bringing the total to 16,887 since March of 2020. In Putnam County one new coronavirus related death was reported. An 82-year-old man’s death brings the total to 92. Putnam also had 29 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 5,087. Flagler County confirmed four new deaths, bringing their death total to 60 Wednesday. Thirty-seven new cases were reported, for a total of 4,804 in Flagler.

St. Johns County has received 1,950 Pfizer vaccines from the state this week. Vaccines are being given to Florida seniors age 65 and older and frontline health care workers. Registration began this morning for vaccination appointments on Jan. 22, 25 and 27. The vaccine hotllne is 904-295-3711. All 10 digits must be dialed. Some 600 new Moderna vaccinations are being given to people in Putnam County this week. The Putnam testing center is closed today but will reopen Friday. Flagler County received 800 doses of Moderna and began vaccinations Wednesday and continued today. Another shipment is expected Friday but that’s reserved for people who have had the first shot in the two-shot series.

Veterans Village of Palatka is getting its second home as volunteers with TIC Power add their efforts to the Putnam Habitat for Humanity project. TIC is building the new unit at Seminole Electric and is a new partner with Habitat, says Habitat Executive Director Ramicah Johnson. They’ve already poured the slab for the house and are to complete framing by the end of this month. After that more volunteers will be needed. Due to coronavirus, Johnson says Habitat is being cautious with building days. The new home is for Freddie and Pauline Lewis.

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