The long Memorial Day holiday weekend is upon us and Muskingum County is doing its part to decrease the number of fatalities related to not buckling up.
The 'Click-it or Ticket' campaign aims to remind drivers of the seat belt laws that have been in effect for almost 30 years. Sheriff Matt Lutz, Lieutenant Matt Boyd, and community leaders gathered on broadcast hill today to talk about the campaign. Lutz said law enforcers are just trying to keep everyone safe.
We all know April brings rainy, springtime weather, but did you know that it also brings Healthy Homes Awareness Month?
The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department is working to get the word out this week. We spoke to Kim Foster, Manager of the Public Health Nursing Program who told us a little bit more about what the month is all about.
"Healthy homes awareness month is to promote all of the aspects of keeping a healthy home including lead poisoning prevention but the...
The 2015 Muskingum County Health Rankings have been released.
Community Health Planner, Jody Stones, says some of the numbers are looking better than last year. The county health rankings are released each year, but they are looked at over a 5 year period. Last year we ranked 74th in health outcomes, and this year we have improved to 66th because of falling premature death rates. The numbers have fallen to 63rd in health factors as opposed to the 57th ranking in 2014. Stones explains...
A disease that has been eradicated for 15 years now is making a comeback across the U.S.
According to Public Health Nurse Jamie Heinzeman, there are over 100 cases of measles as of now. It is highly contagious and can remain on a surface for up to two hours after a person has left the room. Symptoms include a rash that starts at the head and works its way down to the toes, tiredness, fever, and lack of appetite. Heinzeman said though there are over 14 states who have reported the...
We've all had our fair share of snow shoveling in the past week, but have you thought about the health risks involved while doing it?
There are a variety of different concerns you need to keep in mid while shoveling. Some of those are frostbite, muscle strains, and even heart attacks. We spoke to Director of Nursing of the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department, Carol Howdyshell who told us preparation is always good idea.
The risk of childhood diseases now includes adults.
The Centers for Disease Control report there has been a spike in measles cases. Since January 1st to November 29th there has been 610 cases reported in 24 states The Public Health Nurse Immunization Coordinator at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, Jamie Heinzman says these outbreaks can be linked to low immunization rates in adults who were born before 1957.
The warmer air has come and gone, and with the recent cool down, many people will be needing to prepare for winter.
Leann Cline, Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Health Department told us that winter preparedness is a topic that many don't keep in mind during the change of season. Cline shared some tips in order to raise awareness on preparing your home for the recent freeze,
"In order to prepare yourself for the winter weather, we recommend that...
The Ohio department of health is activating a 24-hour-a-day call center to answer questions about Ebola and the recent events in Ohio in an effort to ensure residents get accurate, timely information. Dr. Vicki Whitacre from the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department explains that there are different viruses the community should be more concerned with other than Ebola.
"The risk to all of us, particularly in our area...
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department held its drug take back day from ten to two Saturday.
The event aimed to dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs that people no longer need. We spoke with the CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel about why they have the drug take back. He said that it's a good way to make sure all drugs are disposed of properly.
"Environmentally this is a great way to handle it because we know that a lot of medications are...