Summit County News Releases
Do your part to keep our air clean!
The Summit County Health Department is starting an Emissions Awareness Campaign geared to help keep the air in Summit County clean as part of the County’s Air Quality Program.
This campaign is directed a vehicle owners to keep their engines running efficiently and emissions low. Personal vehicles (cars, trucks and SUVs) contribute more than 50% to the pollution in our area. Those emissions can increase when a vehicle’s Check Engine Light goes on.
For more information click here for the Emissions Awareness Program page.
A Healthier America, One Community at a Time
National Public Health Week is a time to recognize the hard work local public health agencies do for their communities. The Summit County Health Department (SCHD) is proud to be a part of this national event and help with the goal of “A healthier America, one community at a time.”
To reach that goal, the SCHD works hard to improve the health and well-being of our local communities. This agency helps prevent disease, illness and injury, and positively impacts the social, economic and environmental factors fundamental to good health
The Summit County Health Department, in conjunction with other local and state health departments is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, also known as WIC. The Summit County Health Department began its WIC program in 1981, and has now served local women, infants and children for 33 years.
This guide provides information on how to prevent influenza. It also offers advice on what you can do to care for yourself or loved ones when they are sick with the flu.
The Utah Department of Air Quality conducted an ozone level study in Summit County from 2010 through 2012.
This study monitored summer ozone levels throughout Summit County and reports on the causes of the high ozone levels.
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.
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.
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.
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.