April 20, 2016: If you are over the age of 50 and feel like life is speeding by – literally, you might be interested in a refresher driving course. A lot has happened in the 30-plus years since you first got behind the wheel: there are more gadgets to operate, more vehicles on the road and more distractions that pose a danger when driving. To help you navigate these changes, the Knox County Health Department will host an AARP Smart Driver Course on May 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The course is open to AARP members and non-members. Paul Higgins, a driver safety volunteer with AARP, will teach the course. Read full story >>


March 11, 2016: Four weeks after having his blood sent for testing, the Knox County Health Department has informed a local resident the test was positive for the Zika virus. The 54-year old man, who vacationed in Aruba, began displaying symptoms upon return to the U.S. and was tested at the health department in early February. Read full story >>    


Feb. 24, 2016: The Knox County Safe Communities Coalition is teaming up with local law enforcement to present a free training on Ohio liquor laws for local liquor permit holders and their employees. The Alcohol Server Knowledge (ASK) training will be presented Feb. 29 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Knox County Health Department, 11660 Upper Gilchrist Rd. While there is no cost to attend the training, participants are asked to RSVP. To do so, participants can contact JoAnn Kerr at the health department, 392-2200, ext. 2232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Read full story >>


Feb. 9, 2016:  The Ohio Department of Health is reporting Ohio’s first case of Zika virus in a returning traveler from Haiti, a 30-year-old Cuyahoga County woman, city of Cleveland. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was reporting 35 cases of Zika virus in 12 states and the District of Columbia prior to Ohio’s case. Read full news release


Click here for the Zika Outbreak page on this website.


Feb. 3, 2016: The CDC has announced the first known case of the Zika virus  acquired in the United States as part of the current outbreak. The case, announced by Dallas County health officials, involved a patient who had sex with someone who had recently returned from Venezuela infected with the mosquito-borne virus. Additional cases have been reported in Florida and Georgia. Click here for more information >>


Jan. 19, 2016: Knox County continues to rank 2nd in Ohio for high radon levels and probably always will due to the geological makeup of the county’s soil. So, the best thing to do is test your home to make sure you and your family are not at risk. Read full story >>


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