Stories tagged with: Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department

January 10, 2012 - 4:13pm
3 years 7 weeks ago

Working towards a healthier community, one local organization is asking for your help....

The Healthier Muskingum County Network is requesting all residents of the county to fill our their online survey. The survey will be used to assess the county on health issues and then be used to put an improvement plan in place.

"Ideas we have so far are, how can we work together, cooperate more, get more bang for our buck," emphasized Community Health Planner Jodie Stones. ...

October 24, 2011 - 1:39pm
3 years 18 weeks ago

Any unused or expired medication can safely be disposed of this Saturday at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has once again asked local law enforcement to collect prescription and over the counter medications. Muskingum County has stepped up the effort to not only accept tablet and pill forms but liquids and needles as well.

"If you leave these things in your medicine cabinet or if you leave these things in your home, we'...

August 17, 2011 - 4:52pm
3 years 28 weeks ago

Kids getting ready for school need notebooks, pencils and folders, but they can't return to the classrooms without up-to-date immunization records.

Medical Director at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Dr. Vicki Whitacre said children entering kindergarten should visit the doctor before school starts to go over early childhood vaccinations.  She said older children aren't off the hook either.

"Older children, particularly those entering seventh...

July 11, 2011 - 4:11pm
3 years 33 weeks ago

State laws bans smoking inside any public facility..one group wants to take it one step further.

Community Impact Team representatives, Kate Paul and Amy Davis met with Muskingum County Commissioners Monday to ask their approval to adopt a tobacco free campus policy at the 205 North 7th Street building in Zanesville. While there is no smoking allowed in the building due to state law, smoking is still permitted outside the building and along campus grounds. The proposed change...

May 4, 2011 - 4:01pm
3 years 42 weeks ago

It's been a record setting wet spring across southeast Ohio and when the temperatures turn warmer, the next big problem will be mosquitoes.

Public Health Sanitarian Matt Hemmer with the Muskingum County Health Department says the recent rain will cause an increase in flood pools for mosquitoes to breed.

"You can expect to see an increase in the amount of mosquitoes in the air. Fortunately, most mosquitoes that are breeding in flood pools are not the mosquitoes were worried...

March 24, 2010 - 4:58pm
4 years 48 weeks ago


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is giving around $15 billion over ten years to public health programs.

Twenty percent of the Community Transformation Grants are targeted for rural and frontier areas. The Zanesville- Muskingum County Health Department's Dr. Vicki Whitacre says they will not be making any changes immediately, but are looking toward the future.

"We are looking forward to an emphasis on prevention of illness, particularly chronic...

February 23, 2010 - 3:08pm
5 years 6 days ago

They're small but are still visible to the eye. They can leave you with an itchy red bump that almost looks like a mosquito bite, and they could be crawling around your mattress.

They're bed bugs that are growing in numbers and showing up in all 50 states.

"I work for the Ohio Department of Health, and we get about a call a week. That's what we got in 2009. Now, I'm getting about a call a day, " says Public Health Entomologist, Mary Daniels.

That's not including...

February 5, 2010 - 5:02pm
5 years 3 weeks ago


The Muskingum County Health Department is warning residents that a third wave of H1N1 is likely.

The health department is going into schools and businesses to vaccinate students, but with the closure of schools Friday, the health department held a free H1N1 clinic at the Colony Square Mall. Public Information Officer, Jennifer Hiestand says the county has enough vaccine for all residents, it is just a matter of getting out into the public. Pat Chambers got...

November 11, 2009 - 5:56pm
5 years 15 weeks ago

Health experts are saying food allergies in children is on the rise.

Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Dr. Vicki Whitacre says that number is up 18 percent and is continuing to rise.

"Peanuts is the one that's known the best, but actually, milk is at the top of the list. Other kinds of tree nuts-besides peanuts-and soy proteins. Some children have trouble with wheat or gluten products, corn, strawberries, and red foods, " says Whitacre.

Some signs of...

November 9, 2009 - 6:12pm
5 years 15 weeks ago

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department will be receiving two thousand doses of the H1N1 vaccine later this week.

Preparedness Coordinator, Jeff Michaels says most of that will be in the form of injections.

"...which is really going to be helpful for hitting some of these target groups with chronical medical condtions, " says Ebel.

Michaels says the health department is still targeting at-risk groups, including pregant women, healthcare workers,...

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