Monday, April 22, 2013
As the flood waters begin to recede, Lake County continues efforts to aid residents in recovery efforts.
Monday, April 22
The Lake County Emergency Operations Center remains open as the county continues to coordinate with government agencies on flood response efforts. As of Monday morning, the Des Plaines River at Gurnee had crested and water is slowly receding. The Chain O'Lakes/Fox River is expected to crest sometime today. Officials estimate structures on an estimated 4,000 to 4,500 parcels across the county have been impacted by the floods. Current Conditions Chain O'Lakes/Fox River System The Chain appears to be cresting today. Tributaries remain full or nearly full, and there is limited capacity for additional stormwater runoff. The forecast calls for potentially between 0.5 inches and 0.75 inches Tuesday and Wednesday. It is not expected to …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Did your home experience flooding this week? The Lake County Health Department is offering free water testing to residents with wells.
Friday, April 19
The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is urging Lake County residents to take precautions to minimize health hazards during and after the floods. The health department is urging people who are not part of the cleanup effort to stay clear of the flood waters to avoid contamination, especially in areas where homes are served by individual septic systems. Septic systems are a cause for concern because they can release sewage into the floodwater when they are submerged. The health department is offering free water testing to residents whose wells are affected by flood waters. Residents can pick up sterile bottles to be filled and returned for analysis, and obtain information about disinfecting wells at the Lake County …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Lake County Health Department advises residents to be careful during flooding.
The recent rains in Lake County have brought about incidents of flooding and possible sewer back-ups in a number of areas. The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center recommends the following steps to minimize health hazards for residents who have experienced flooding in or around their homes: Do not hesitate to ask any questions if you have any doubts about the safety of any food, water or conditions around your home. Call Environmental Health Services of the Lake County Health Department at: (847) 377-8020. You can follow PASSAGE on Twitter @LCPASSAGE for current road conditions and Alert Lake County on Twitter @AlertLakeCounty for flood conditions.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Though Lake County ranks in the top 20 of 102 counties throughout Illinois, it's a measurable drop from 2012.
Despite improvements in areas including sexually transmitted infections and violent crime, Lake County is not as healthy as it was just a year ago, according to the 2013 County Health Rankings, which were released this week. Of 102 counties in Illinois, Lake County ranks 16—a seven-spot drop over 2012's rank of 9. In 2011, the county's health ranking was 8. While there is room for improvement given the consecutive drops in rank, the Lake County Health Department is not discouraged. "While our county ranking dipped from 9th to 16th, we are still a very healthy county compared with Illinois as a whole," said Mark Pfister, Director of Population Health Services at the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center. "As a result of …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Worried about the quality of your ground water? The Lake County Health Department is offering reduced water testing rates March 11-21.
Friday, March 8
The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center will offer reduced water testing rates in observance of National Ground Water Awareness Week in March. Water samples can be brought to the Lake County Central Permit Facility and Environmental Laboratory, 500 W. Winchester Rd. in Libertyville between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. March 11-21. During this time, the normal $16.00 analysis fee for testing for bacteria and nitrates will be reduced to $10.00 for well owners. "About 90,000 Lake County residents rely on ground water from aquifers to supply their private wells," said Irene Pierce, the Health Department's Executive Director. "The Health Department encourages all users of private wells to take this time to have their drinking water…
Free health screenings will be included in the Lake County Health Department's observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Monday, March 11 in Waukegan.
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Friday, March 8
In observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center will participate in the nationwide movement "Share Knowledge. Take Action" to raise awareness of the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS among women and girls. The public is invited to a free event on Monday, March 11, in the lobby of the Belvidere Medical Building, 2400 Belvidere Rd. in Waukegan, from noon to 4 p.m. During the event, information, screening and education about transmission and prevention, and care and treatment of HIV will be provided. Information about viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections will also be available. "Women of all ages are at risk for HIV/AIDS and account for 24 percent of all HIV …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A new norovirus strain was detected last year in Australia and has reached the United States.
Although the flu is on everyone’s minds this season, the winter vomiting bug, or the norovirus, is making its rounds. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the norovirus causes about 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths each year, mostly in young children and the elderly. Some of the virus' common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains. The CDC points out that the norovirus is often referred to as the stomach flu, but it is unrelated to influenza. Many people in Lake County are reporting the symptoms associated with norovirus, especially families with children. Cases of norovirus tend to increase in late fall and early winter, said Leslie Piotrowski, communications manager for the …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Youth survey shows alcohol is substance used most by youths.
Monday, January 28
Nearly 20,000 middle and high school students in Lake County participated in the 2012 Illinois Youth Survey (IYS)—a state wide survey with questions about drugs, nutrition and safety. The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has funded the administration of the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) biennially since 1990. Lake County's survey included participation by 68 percent of the county's middle schools and 71 percent of the county's high schools. The following are some of the survey findings for Lake County: High school students reported a decrease in the past 30 day use of marijuana (10th grade -16 percent in 2010 to 15 percent in 2012; 12th grade -27 percent in 2010 to 25 percent in 2012). "It is so important to have this data to …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Season off to strong start compared to last year, Lake County Health Department officials said.
Lake County health officials are finding the number of seasonal flu cases being reported this year is substantially higher than this time last year, prompting officials to remind people to get a flu vaccine. The health department’s weekly surveillance of the flu showed there was slight increase in the number of flu cases the department’s clinics reported. During the week of Dec. 2-8, 112 illnesses were reported and that number increased to 114 the following week, said Matt Knight, a nurse with the LCHD. Lake County also monitors flu tests from area hospitals, which reported 20 positive tests during the week of Dec. 2-8, Knight said. Last week, the number went up to 38, he said. There have been a total of 43 positive flu tests since the …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The Lake County Health Department has a number of recommendations for parents on how to "Tame the Candy Monster" this Halloween.
Halloween is all about the candy and costumes, right? While parents are happy to accompany their children trick-or-treating in their favorite ghost, goblin, princess or superhero costume, all that candy can get in the way of a healthy diet if it isn't monitored, according to the Toby Smithson, RD, LDN, CDE Community Dietician with the Lake County Health Department. Smithson is advising parents to utilize some helpful tips to avoid over-consumption of goodies, while allowing kids to enjoy the holiday in the healthiest possible way. These suggestions include: Parents can also look into Halloween Candy Buy Back programs sponsored by area dentists to find a place for excess candy. All you have to do is visit the link above and plug in your …