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 >>

 

Jan. 19, 2016: For more than 10 years, the Knox County Health Department has been helping local residents quit their addiction to tobacco. Now the agency has a special program for expectant moms who want to quit smoking. 

Baby & Me – Tobacco Free, is an evidence-based prenatal cessation program that helps women quit smoking and stay quit even after the baby is born. As a reward for quitting smoking, the moms will receive free diapers for their newborn baby for up to 12 months after the baby is born. Read full story >>

 

Dec. 21, 2016: Throughout the year, the Environmental Health staff conducts food safety classes for food service owners, managers and employees. The Person-In-Charge Class is a one and half-hour, entry levy class that is free. The ServSafe Class is a three-day class with an exam on the third day. The cost is $193. Click here for more information and the registration form.  

 

Dec. 18, 2015: The Christmas and New Year holidays will cause some scheduling changes and closures at the Knox County Health Department.

The agency will close at noon on Dec. 24 and will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The medical and dental clinics will be closed Dec. 28-31.

No water samples will be accepted for testing on Dec. 24 and 31 and the tobacco cessation program has been cancelled for Dec. 24 and 31. The next meeting of the tobacco cessation program will be Jan. 7.

All health department services and programs will resume regular hours and scheduling on Jan. 4. 

 

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