Jan. 10, 2018: The Knox County Health Department reports that confirmed cases of influenza have increased significantly in Knox County during the past few days with several hospitalizations. Read full story >>


Jan. 4, 2018: Now through March is a good time to test for radon, when windows and doors are closed tight to keep out the cold winter air. To help detect if there is a harmful level of radon in your home, the Knox County Health Department promotes the use of free radon test kits for individual testing by homeowners, homebuyers, landlords and tenants. In-home testing is the only way to test for radon. Click here to order a free radon test kit or click here to learn more about radon.


Dec. 28, 2017:  The Home Health Division at the Knox County Health Department has transitioned to Knox Community Hospital and is now known as Knox County Home Health.The staff (which includes many the same people who worked at the Health Department) is now located in the lower level of 307 Vernedale Dr., Mount Vernon (below Dr. Reed’s office.) You can reach the new office at 740-399-3748. For more information on the transition >>


Dec. 18, 2017 - The Knox County Health Department and the Knox County Community Health Center will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 22 and will be closed all day on Monday, Dec. 25, in recognition of Christmas. The Health Department and the Health Center will be open regular business hours of 8 a.m. to  4:30 p.m. Dec. 26-29.(The Center is closed noon - 1 p.m. for lunch.) 

The Health Department and Health Center also will be closed Monday, Jan. 1 in recognition of New Year's Day. 


Nov. 21, 2017: To help local food service operations meet the new state requirement, the Environmental Health staff will offer Level I and Level II food safety workshops throughout 2017.  The Level I Person-in-Charge Class is one 2-hour session and is offered at no charge. The Level II ServSafe Training consists of three one-day sessions held over three weeks. The cost for the ServSafe training is $193. For more information, click below for a complete schedule of training sessions and a registration form.  Rule 3717-1-2.4 of the Ohio Administrative Code requires for each Level 3 & 4 food service operation, that at least one employee who has supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service, obtain the level two certification in food protection.


2018 Food Safety Class Schedule


Nov. 14, 2017:Throughout the year, the Knox County Health Department conducts exercises to test its emergency response operations. Last Thursday, Mount Vernon High School was the site of one such exercise in which the agency tested its preparedness to distribute vaccine to a large group of people in a timely manner. Read full story >>>


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