Summit County News Releases
Prevent foodborne illnesses with these simple steps.
The holidays bring gatherings and lots and lots of food. All this holiday food can bring with it foodborne illnesses if not handled properly. By properly preparing and storing our food we can prevent these illnesses. Bacteria can contaminate our foods when not handled properly. It can grow on our food when favorable conditions exist, exposing us and our families to potentially hazardous situations.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths in this country each year can be traced to foodborne pathogens. The USDA estimates that foodborne illnesses due to bacterial contamination cost $6.9 billion each year. Salmonella alone has a $2.65 billion dollar impact.
Have questions about the Affordable Care Act?
The Affordable Care Act – also known as healthcare reform—sets out new requirements and resources for consumers so that they can help navigate the changing health insurance coverage system. .
Salt Lake County has created a website, with resources in different languages, to help you find answers to your questions.
A Food Handlers Card is required to work in a food service establishment. An opportunity to obtain a food handlers card is provided through classroom instruction and testing on safe food handling procedures. Classes are taught throughout the year in both English and Spanish. Click here to view the 2013 Food Handlers Schedule.
All Food Service managers need to attend a Food Managers Certification Course. Click here to view the 2013 Food Managers Certification Course providers.
Health Department has Flu Shots
Influenza, more commonly called the flu, can be a serious illness for some people. Influenza vaccine protects adults and children against the flu. The virus that causes the flu changes often, so the vaccine is updated annually. This is why flu immunization is needed every year.
The Health Department now has seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccines available. No appointment is necessary during clinic hours.
Trick- or-Treat Your Way to a Safe Halloween
Halloween night, as the ghosts and goblins come out to play and children are creeping through the streets, they need to keep in mind that it’s one of the most dangerous times of the year for child pedestrians. In fact, children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year. Halloween can indeed be scary, with pedestrian injuries, burns and falls among children increasing significantly.
Clinics will re-open, begin issuing new food vouchers.
WIC program received $2.5 million in emergency funding from the United States Department of Agriculture that will allow the program to re-open its clinics and begin issuing food vouchers to both new and existing clients.
Staff will return to clinics as soon as possible and can begin issuing new food vouchers immediately upon their return. It is anticipated all clinics will be open by noon tomorrow, Friday, October 4. Clinics in Salt Lake County and Summit County that used local emergency funding to keep their doors open during the shutdown will be able to begin issuing new food vouchers immediately.
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County Council approves emergency funding for WIC operations!
The Summit County Health Department, thanks to emergency funding from the Summit County Council, will be able to provide emergency WIC-approved foods to existing Summit County clients through the month of October.
What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
Utah, including Summit County, is experiencing an increase in cases of Pertussis (Whooping Cough). Pertussis was often considered a childhood disease of the past. But in the last decade, Pertussis cases have been on the rise nationally.
Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial infection spread through coughing and sneezing and is treatable with antibiotics. Symptoms usually appear within 7‐21 days of exposure. Symptoms start out much like the common cold with a runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever, and mild occasional cough. These symptoms gradually become more severe and include spasms of coughing, an inspiratory whoop, and sometimes vomiting after a violent episode of coughing.
Camel’s 100th Birthday is Nothing to Celebrate
We all know the death and disease caused by cigarettes is nothing to celebrate. But that isn’t stopping R.J. Reynolds from celebrating the 100th birthday of its Camel cigarettes this year. Their Camel web site touts “A Century of Camel” and urges visitors to “Celebrate the original that sparked a tradition.” Visit the Camel Kills website to send them an unhappy birthday card.
The Summit County Health Department is launching our new Thriving Lifestyles Program. This program has been created to promote healthy communities, a healthy environment and healthy lives through information, resources and community engagement.
Visit www.ThrivingLives.org for tips, actions and ideas to thrive as families, individuals and communities.
The 2012 report for the Summit County Health Department is now available by clicking here.
Some of the highlights from 2012 include a review of our role in last summer’s wildfires, an innovative exercise with Park City High School and the University of Utah, along with an update on on-site wastewater issues.
Parents agree that feeding and sleep schedules are important to help keep their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. Vaccinating children on time is the best way to protect them against 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before their second birthday.