Let’s Have Safe Streets on St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day has become one of our most popular
days of celebration, and not just for the nearly 40 million Americans who claim
Irish ancestry, according to the U.S. Census.
But did you know it also can
be one of the mos...
Benson High TB Testing Follow-Up Finds One Latent Case
were conducted at the end of February at Benson High School Magnet to determine
if there were any additional cases of tuberculosis (TB) following December’s
investigation that determined seven people had latent TB infection after
Health Department Continues Food Permit Enforcement Effort
Invoices were sent on Nov. 9 to all
food and drink establishments and payment was due in 30 days. The 2016 permits
expired on Dec. 31. A letter and an invoice was sent Jan. 13 notifying
establishments that their permits had expired and that they no...
Take Precautions Against Norovirus
Outbreaks of norovirus are making national
news, and Douglas County has not been immune to this highly contagious disease
which is often referred to as “the stomach flu.”
County Health ...
Heartland Black HIV/AIDS Awarenss Day Is Feb. 12
Health disparities are a focus in public
health, and when it involves HIV/AIDS, there is a disproportionate impact on
the African American community. On Feb. 12, you are invited to join your
friends and community for Heartland Black HIV/AIDS Testin...
Prepare for Possible Ice Storm
So far eastern
Nebraska has been spared the worst of winter weather, but the forecast for the
coming weekend should have your attention.
Douglas County Health Department urges you to make pla...
It’s the Flu Season - Time for Your Shot
number of seasonal influenza cases
has slowly started to increase, and the Douglas County Health Department expects
that number could grow significantly in the near future. Holiday gatherings
provide an excellent opportun...
Benson TB Test Results Released
Parents have been
informed of the results from last week’s TB screenings at Benson Magnet High
School, according to the Douglas County Health Department.
thorough investigation revea...
Cold Weather Should be Taken Seriously
Winter is making its presence known in eastern Nebraska and
the Douglas County Health Department urges you to prepare for cold weather
safety if you have to be outdoors.
to plan for the e...
Testing to Identify Potential TB Transmission
A case of
tuberculosis has been confirmed in an Benson High School student and the
Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) has planned testing to learn if anyone
else has been infected.
“The Health Department has a plan to address this
Plan Now for a Safe Thanksgiving Dinner
delicious Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t happen by accident, and neither does a
safe and healthy meal.
safety is something to consider every time you cook, and turkeys are
To keep your ...
DCHD Reminds Operators – Food Permit Renewal Time is Here
New invoices are going in the mail to all food and drink
establishments in Douglas County for permits to replace the current ones that
expire on Dec. 31. The Douglas County Health Department is asking all businesses
September is Sexual Health Awareness Month
The numbers continue to surprise, as more than 4,500 people were tested
through August at the Douglas County Health Department’s STD Clinic and
Some months, nearly 20 percent of those tested at
outreach sites wer...
Say “Yes” to the YRBS
has raised a teenager knows it’s a challenge. Those same people know how
difficult it can be to know what they’re doing.
Really know what they’re doing.
Did you k...
August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month
The evidence continues
to make a clear case that breastfeeding has tremendous benefits for infants and
their mothers, but still not all mothers who can breastfeed are doing so, while
many stop too soon.
Rabies Found in Douglas County Bats
Douglas County’s bat population
appears to be plentiful and active which can be a problem for the human
population. We are approaching
that time of the year when bats begin to
seek shelter in homes to keep warm at night.
Health Department Has Hot Weather Advice
The summer heat is
getting serious and dangerous, so it’s important to be prepared for it. Heat
is, on average, by far the biggest weather killer in the United States. With high
temperatures forecast to reach into the 90s in the coming day...
County Coalition Determines Local Health Priorities
Every three years a broad-based coalition of health care providers
conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) which is used as the basis
for developing the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is the...
July 4 Fireworks Could Bring Air Quality Concerns
There may be health
concerns for some individuals sensitive to air pollution during the July Fourth
holiday, due to high levels of smoke from fireworks, according to the Douglas
County Health Department.
Health Department Has Pool Safety Reminder
The start of summer has been
challenging with multiple 90-degree days that have tested everyone’s ability to
cope with the heat. Many families have taken to setting up pool...