Jan. 9, 2017: If your New Year’s resolution is to quit using tobacco, the Knox County Health Department can help you ‘put it out for good.’ The health department’s Knox Out Tobacco program is held twice weekly, offering free counseling and free nicotine replacement therapy to combat with the addiction to tobacco. There’s a daytime class held every Tuesday from 10 – 11 a.m. in the private dining room at Knox Community Hospital and there’s an evening class held every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. in the conference room at the Knox County Health Department.There’s no pre-registration, participants just need to show up. Read full story >>

 

Jan. 9, 2017: 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: more gadgets to operate, more vehicles on the road and more distractions that pose a danger when driving. Read full story >>

 

Dec. 20, 2016: 

Due to the Christmas holiday, the Knox County Health Department will close at noon on Friday (Dec. 23) and since Christmas is on Sunday, the agency will be closed on Mon., Dec. 26.

 

The agency will be open regular hours on Dec. 30, but with New Year’s Day on Sunday, the agency will be closed on Mon., Jan 2.

 

There will be no evening cessation classes this week or next week at the health department and next Tuesday’s cessation class at Knox Community Hospital has been cancelled. All cessation classes will resume the first week of January.

 

The laboratory that tests water samples for the health department will be closed on Friday (Dec. 23)  so the only time to drop off water samples this week is Wednesday by 9 a.m. There will be no drop-off available on Thursday. Next week, the drop-off and pick-up schedule will return to normal.

 

Also, due to the holidays, there will be limited medical clinic services next week at the health department. The nurse practitioner will not be onsite Wednesday and clients are encouraged to make appointments for immunizations, including flu shots. To make an appointment, call 740-399-8009.

 

Dec. 20, 2016:  

Plans for a FQHC in Knox County became a reality with the announcement that the Knox County Health Department was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA).The two-year, $1.5 million grant will fund comprehensive primary care services and will be renewable for additional funding. Medical, dental, behavioral health and addiction services will be available. Read full story >>

 

Dec. 2, 2016: About 80 percent of the Project Dawn kits distributed in Knox County were affected by last month’s recall. According to Mary Derr, director of nursing with Knox County Health Department, almost all of the defective atomizers have been replaced in the nearly 50 kits distributed by the health department which included kits given to local law enforcement and to residents who requested them.  Read full story >>

 

Dec. 2, 2016: To help address the issue of transportation locally, the Knox County Health Department is collaborating with several organizations and transportation providers to improve access to health care. Read full article >> 

 

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