Health

Welcome to the Bayfield County Health Department. It is our responsibility to protect the health of our residents through a wide variety of programs and services. From Community Health to Environmental Health and Emergency Management, we provide a full array of prevention, inspection, licensure, health, safety, and wellness promotion services.
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What's New This Week?

May is Viral Hepatitis Awareness Month

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May 19th is National Hepatitis Testing Day to help bring awareness on this epidemic. Did you know that Hepatitis C is the leading cause of Liver Cancer? Just imagine if you were to get tested today, you could prevent this from possibly happening in the future. Is it worth the simple test to see if you could prevent further health risks to yourself or to loved ones that could possibly have this?

Are you or someone you know at risk for having Hepatitis? Are you unsure if you may have it? Copy and paste the link below to take the quiz to see if you need to contact your doctor about getting tested.

https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/RiskAssessment/


Bayfield County Offers Health Infrastructure Grant to Municipalities and Tribe

The Bayfield County Health Department is pleased to announce a new community grant opportunity—the Bayfield County Health Infrastructure Grant— available to municipalities and the tribe in Bayfield County! This grant is part of a community wellness initiative that promotes the health infrastructure of Bayfield County, its residents and visitors. The purpose of this grant opportunity is to provide the community with assistance to create the opportunity for a better place to live by supporting infrastructure for physical activity, promoting health and wellness.

If you are a local representative or community champion and are interested in this new grant opportunity, you can find the grant description here.
Find the application for the grant here.
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Health Tip

Proper Coughing & Sneezing Etiquette

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Hygiene etiquette involves practices that prevent the spread of illness and disease. A critical time to practice good hygiene etiquette is when you are sick, especially when coughing or sneezing.

Serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are spread by:
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Unclean hands
  • Touching your face after touching contaminated objects
  • Touching objects after contaminating your hands
To help stop the spread of germs:
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put your used tissue in a waste basket.
  • If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing:
  • Wash with soap and water, or
  • Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.

One final practice that helps prevent the spread of respiratory disease is avoiding close contact with people who are sick. If you are ill, you should try to distance yourself from others so you do not spread your germs. Distancing includes staying home from work or school when possible.  For more information on stopping the spread of germs, please visit CDC’s Good Health Habits for Preventing Seasonal Flu pages.

Health Tips Courtesy of CDC.gov