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The Florida Department of Health in Bay County


597 W 11th ST, Panama City
Bay Town Trolley: Route 4, Stops 360/361
Main Line: 850-872-4455

Mon-Fri 7:30 am – 4:30 pm (please check-in no later than 3 pm for services)

Full services including:

  • WIC (benefits no longer automatically loaded)
  • ADAP
  • FREE Tetanus, Hep A, and Flu vaccines
  • FREE HIV testing every Tuesday from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Family Planning
  • Birth and death certificates
  • Environmental Heath (co-located at main office at 597 W 11th ST, Panama City)

Emergency Diabetes Supplies:

  • While supplies last
  • Bring a box or prescription for insulin so we can provide the correct type and dose
  • Call 850-252-9656 to check supplies

Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, Co-located at DOH-Bay, 597 W 11th ST, Diabetes Services wing, Mon- Fri 8 am – 5 pm

Environmental Health
225 McKenzie Ave., Panama City (Moving Thursday, November 8)
850-252-9688

  • Septic Permits
  • Free Private Well Testing (until Thursday, November 15, after that $35)
  • Pick-up kits during office hours
  • Return samples within 24 hours
  • Wednesday samples must be returned by Noon Thursday
  • No samples will be taken on Fridays

Dentistry Clinic, 3518 E 15th Street, Panama City
Bay Town Trolley: Route 3, Stop 339

  • Dental bus operating Mon-Fri from 11 am-4 pm
  • FREE urgent dental care services for children and adults
  • Continued services for Medicaid-eligible children ages 1-21 or age (preventative and urgent)

DOH-Bay Supported Clinics

Americares Clinic
597 W 11th ST, Panama City  
Bay Town Trolley: Route 4, Stops 360/361
9 am – 3 pm daily
Primary care services for children and adults, including prescription medication

Mexico Beach Mobile Medical Unit
First Baptist Church
823 15th ST, Mexico Beach
10 am – 3 pm
FREE Tetanus, Hep A and Flu immunizations
First aid, respiratory care, and physician care


Community Clinics

PanCare- Follow @PanCareHealth on Facebook for updates

  • Open clinics:

o    Panama City- (Medical) 2309 East 15th Street 8:00am-9:00pm M-F; 9:00am-9:00pm Saturday (850) 520-1944
(Dental) Mobile clinic set-up in the parking lot 8:00am-5:00pm M-F (850) 520-1944
Bay Town Trolley: Route , Stops 351/334

o    Port St. Joe- (Medical) 2475 Garrison Ave 8:00am-5:00pm EST M-F (850) 229-1043

o    Wewahitchka- (Dental) 807 West Highway 22 8:00am-5:00pm M-F (850) 639-2028

o    Youngstown- (Medical & Dental) 12427 Highway 231 10:00am-3:30pm M-F (850) 753-3246

  • Mobile medical services:

o    Callaway Wal-Mart- (Medical) 725 N Tyndall Pkwy 9:00am-4:00pm M-Sat
Bay Town Trolley: Routes 2 and 3, Stop 312

o    Lynn Haven Wal-Mart- (Medical) 2101 S Hwy 77 9:00am-4:00pm M-Sat
Bay Town Trolley: Route 1, Stop 290

St. Andrews Community Medical Center, 3101b W Hwy 98, Panama City, Hours: M – F 8 am – 4 pm


Hospitals

  • Bay Medical Sacred Heart- Follow @BayMedical on Facebook for updates

o    615 N Bonita Ave, Panama City- Emergency Room ONLY

o    Bay Medical Beach ER- Intersection of Panama City Beach Parkway (Hwy. 98) and Richard Jackson Blvd.

  • Diagnostics:
  • Open MRI
  • CT
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray
  • EKG
  • Lab
  • Outpatient Rehab: Physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, 3801 E. Hwy. 98, Port St. Joe- Fully operational

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, 449 W 23rd ST, Panama City – Follow @GulfCoastMedicalCenter on Facebook for updates

o    Emergency Room

o    Inpatient Services

o    Labor & Delivery Services

o    Neonatal Intensive Care

o    Pediatric Intensive Care

o    Adult Intensive Care Services

o    Cardiac & Cardiovascular Services

o    Surgical Services

o    Ancillary Services


Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Life Management Center
525 E 15th ST, Panama City
Bay Town Trolley: Routes 3 and 6, Stops 161 and 330

  • Clinic located at A.D. Harris Learning Village, 819 E 11th ST, Panama City
  • Psychiatric inpatient treatment services, 525 E 15th ST, Panama City
  • Genoa Pharmacy, 525 E 15th ST Bldg E, 9 am – 5 pm (current patients)
  • Current Client Refills call 850-522-4485, ext. 1823
  • Life Management Center Crisis Line 850-522-4485, option 5, available 24/7, 365 days per year
  • Starting Friday, Nov. 16: Depression Support Group, Bldg D, 525 E 15th ST, Panama City, Fridays at 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Treatment Center of Panama City, 1530 Harrison Ave., Panama City
Bay Town Trolley: Stops 129 (CareerSource) or 130 (19th & Harrison)

  • Current patients and guest dosers
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 5 – 10 am, Saturday 6 – 9 am, and Sunday 7 – 9 am.
  • For information call 850-866-8571 or email kgandy@tcaclinic.com.

Gulf Coast Addiction Medicine, by appointment only, call 850-522-1516

Florida Therapy
Co-located at DOH-Bay, 597 W 11th ST
Bay Town Trolley: Route 4, Stops 360/361
Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm
Patients please call 877-234-5351 or 850-681-6001 or visit FlaTherapy.com for information.

Salvation Army now offering domestic violence counseling 10 am-2 pm at their Panama City office, 1824 W 15th Street OR by phone after-hours at 850-769-7989.


Prescriptions

  • Under the Emergency Order, persons can get a 30-day refill of prescriptions.
  • To find an open pharmacy near you, got to RxOpen.org. (please note this will open in a new window and take you out of the DOH-Bay site)
  • Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) for persons who do not have health insurance. Call the EPAP Hotline at 1-855-793-7470 to find out if you are eligible.

Other Medical Facilities and Providers

Many providers are updating clients through their Facebook pages. You may check there for additional information as phone lines and Internet are still limited.

Bay Medical Sacred Heart has created a Post-Hurricane Directory of physicians, phone numbers, addresses, and office hours. Click the link on the right-hand side of the page for the latest PDF file. https://baymedical.org/find-a-physician

The Emerald Coast Medical Association is also gathering and sharing information from practices. You can read their updates on their blog here: https://info.emeraldcoastmedicalassociation.com/blog/practice-updates-for-hurricane-michael-impacted-areas.


Transportation

Bay Town Trolley  
Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

For routes and information, visit http://www.baytowntrolley.org/.

If you are unable to access Bay Town Trolley’s fixed route service, you may qualify for Bay Area Transportation’s Demand Response service!


Bay Area Transportation Demand Response Service

Eligibility

To qualify, you must have no other means of transportation available and at least one of the following criteria:

  • Applicant does not live on a bus route serviced by Bay Town Trolley; or 
  • Applicant is age 60 or older; or
  • Applicant’s income level falls below current federal poverty guidelines:
    https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines
  • Applicant has a disability preventing the use of a bus route serviced by Bay Town Trolley

Application: http://www.baytowntrolley.org/bay-area-transit/


Hurricane Michael

Contact Us

For information and resources in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, please dial 211 or visit RecoverBayCounty.com. (Please note this is an external link and will open in a new window.)

To file for disaster assistance from FEMA call, 800-621-FEMA. You can also visit https://www.disasterassistance.org. (Please note this is an external link and will open in a new window.)

For information on Hurricane Michael from the Bay County Emergency Operations Center, follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BayCountyFLEmergencyServices/. (Please note this is an external link and will open in a new window.)


DOH-BAY OFFERING FREE FLU VACCINES FOLLOWING HURRICANE MICHAEL 

 

Panama City, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health in Bay is offering free flu vaccines following Hurricane Michael. Appointments are not required. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year’s record-breaking flu season resulted in 80,000 deaths in the United States, which is the highest number of deaths from the flu in over three decades. If you have not already done so, protect yourself and those you love this season by getting by getting your flu shot soon.

Shots will be administered at the following locations and times:

DOH-Bay
597 W 11th ST, Panama City, FL 32401
Mon – Fri 7:30 am – 4:30 pm (please check-in by 3:30 pm)

Mexico Beach Mobile Medical Unit
First Baptist Church
823 15th ST, Mexico Beach, FL
Daily 10 am – 3 pm

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women. It can take up to two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu. The CDC recommend getting your flu vaccine every year as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications. There are many different flu vaccine options this season, which include high dose and adjuvanted vaccine for adults aged 65 years and older.

CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine every year because flu viruses evolve quickly, and last year’s vaccine may not protect against the current year’s flu strain. Even if the flu vaccine does not fully protect against the flu, it may reduce the severity of symptoms and the risk of complications.

Getting vaccinated if you are healthy helps to protect our most vulnerable populations. People at higher risk for flu-related complications include children less than 5, adults over the age of 65, people with compromised immune systems, pregnant women and people who have existing medical conditions, such as asthma and obesity.

Visit FluFreeFlorida.com for more information on how to be a part of #FluFreeFL. For more information on influenza and influenza-like illness in Florida, please visit www.floridahealth.gov/floridaflu.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

FREE WELL WATER TESTING ENDS NEXT WEEK 

Panama City, Fla. The free well testing for private well owners is ending next week. Thursday, November 8, Environmental Health will be moving back to their location, 225 McKenzie Avenue, Panama City. They will reopen there on Friday, November 9. Free testing kits can be picked up from Environmental Health Friday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 13 through Thursday, November 15 from 9 am – 4 pm. DOH-Bay is closed on Monday, November 12 in observance of Veterans Day.

Water samples must be returned to DOH-Bay within 24 hours after sampling. Samples taken on Wednesday or Thursday must be brought to the DOH-Bay office by noon Thursday. The normal fee for testing is $35. This fee will apply for all samples dropped off after Thursday, November 15.  

The following precautions should be followed by residents with private drinking wells that were affected by flooding and/or damage to the well or distribution system in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. If your well was covered by storm water, you will need to follow these tips and get a testing kit. If you are unaware of the status of your well, you will want to take these precautions as well. This will help prevent disease-causing organisms that may make their water unsafe to drink.

One of the following methods is recommended as a precaution:

  • Use bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula; or
  • Boil water before use, holding it at rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for drinking, washing, cooking, etc.; or
  • Disinfect water by adding 8 drops (about 1/8 tsp – this would form a puddle about the size of a dime) of plain unscented household bleach (4 to 6%) per gallon of water, and then let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure. Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination.

After the flooding subsides and any necessary repairs are made to the well or distribution system:

  • Disinfect your well using the procedures available from the Florida Department of Health in Bay County or provided by the Florida Department of Health at

http://www.floridahealth.gov/healthy-environments/private-well-testing/index.html; and

  • Contact the Florida Department of Health in Bay County for private well sampling instructions or have your drinking well water sampled for coliform bacteria by a laboratory certified by the State of Florida to perform drinking water analysis.
  • Continue to use bottled/boiled/disinfected water until lab tests confirm that it is safe.

 

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

Safety

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County urges residents to take safety precautions after the storm.

Click this link to open a PDF Infographic and Health and Safety After the Storm. This will open in a new window. _files/_documents/News Releases/after_the_storm_8.5x11_office.pdf

Generators

Generators should be used outside only, not in a garage. Appliances should be plugged directly into the generator. You should not plug your generator into the house directly. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning can be deadly.

Water

The boil water notice has also been rescinded for customers of the City of Lynn Haven, Bay County Utilities in the unincorporated areas and customers of Panama City Beach. All other areas of Bay County remain under a mandatory boil water notice. For drinking, cooking, washing wounds, and brushing teeth, use bottled water or boiled water. Water should be held to a rolling boil for 1 minute.

Click the link to open the news release for information on water safety. This PDF will open in a new window. _files/_documents/News Releases/contaminated_water_michael.pdf

Flood Waters

No one should play in flood waters. The water can contain bacteria. If you have come in contact with flood waters, you should receive a Hep A vaccination. Again, these are available at DOH-Bay.

Food

Food is safe in a full freezer for about 48 hours or 24 hours if it is half full. Refrigerated food is safe about 4 hours if it is unopened. After that time, perishable items such as meat, chicken, fish, cheese, milk, eggs, and leftovers should be thrown away. Take a picture for your insurance company before you dispose of items.

Heat Exhaustion

Without power in many places in Bay County and with persons working to clear debris, heat exhaustion is a concern. Make sure you drink plenty of water to protect yourself.

Mosquitoes

After a storm, standing water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Remember to dump out any standing water that you can. Make sure you use an EPA approved bug repellent and follow the directions on the label.

Click the link to open the news release for information on mosquito protection.This PDF will open in a new window. _files/_documents/News Releases/drain_and_cover_after_the_storm_michael.pdf

Clean-up

Wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves during clean-up to avoid injury and contamination. Items that have come in contact with sewage or floodwaters may be unhealthy. Chainsaws should be operated only by person who experienced in using them. If you get a wound or cut from debris, seek medical attention and ask for a Tetanus shot. These are available at DOH-Bay. When cleaning up mold, don’t mix cleaning products.

Click the link to open the news release for information on safe clean-up.This PDF will open in a new window.  _files/_documents/News Releases/safely_clean_up_storm_debris_michael_reminder.pdf

Click the link to open the news release on mold clean-up. This PDF will open in a new window. _files/_documents/News Releases/post_storm_mold_cleanup_michael_102118.pdf

Pools

Due to the loss of electricity from Hurricane Michael, stagnant swimming pools can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. To kill mosquitoes and bacteria, please do the following;

  • Put two gallons of bleach in the pool or use shock (these items are available at opened hardware and/or big box stores)
  • Maintain 1 parts per million of free chlorine
  • Add chlorine as necessary to maintain 1 parts per million