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Also, Gov. Rick Scott to visit Flagler today at 4 p.m., for a news conference.
Palm Coast Tuesday, Jun. 14, 2011 8 years ago

Smoke causes spike in Flagler hospital ER visits

by: Brian McMillan Executive Editor

Dr. Candace House, a psychologist who recently moved to Palm Coast’s C-section, woke up last night at 2 a.m. coughing, the house rich with the smell of smoke. She couldn’t seem to get away from it.

“I tell you what, I stood right up under the air conditioning vent, and I was still smelling the smoke,” she said June 14.

House, who has asthma, speculated that because her house was built in 1984, it might be more susceptible. But she also expressed concern that the elderly residents in Palm Coast may be even worse off.

Yara Gocking, emergency department manager at Florida Hospital Flagler, said House isn’t the only one experiencing difficulties with the smoke. In fact, there are

“For the past week or so, we’ve seen probably a 30% to 40% increase in asthma or respiratory-related problems,” Gocking said.

Typically, she said, respiratory concerns are more prevalent in the winter time.

She said if residents are concerned about their health because of the smoke, they should contact their family doctors. If it is a medical emergency, call 911. Half-jokingly, Gocking suggested that asthmatic residents may want to consider making a trip away from Palm Coast if the smoke is truly inescapable.

Gov. Rick Scott to visit

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will visit Flagler for a 4 p.m. news conference at Flagler County Emergency Services. 1769 E. Moody Blvd. Building 3., Bunnell.



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