Contact:
 Nursing Program
 Snow Hill Health Center 
 
 Phone: 410-632-1100
 

 Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

altA major component of this service is to prevent and educate about communicable diseases. These diseases include but are not limited to: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS.








  FAQs


 


 
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Services

Education about STD prevention is provided by a nurse at the local health department.
Evaluation and treatment for syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia are available to persons with symptoms of infection, or for persons who have an infected sexual partner.



Who can get this service?

This education services is available to any Worcester County resident seeking information about STD prevention.  Treatment for infection is available to uninsured persons.


How much does this service cost?


Cost varies from a zero charge to full fee. Please call to discuss your needs with our nurse who can provide a cost estimate.



Tuberculosis services

Tuberculosis (TB) testing is available for persons at high risk of exposure to TB. If testing is positive, follow-up treatment is available including medical evaluation, treatment with medication and case management services through our Snow Hill Health Center.



Who can get this service?

This service is available to any Worcester County resident at high risk of exposure to Tuberculosis.

How much does this service cost?

These services are free.


 
HIV Testing

The health department offers counseling, testing and referral services for individuals at risk for HIV or AIDS. Testing is available at no cost to individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford testing. Anonymous testing is available for persons with confidentiality concerns that might prevent them from seeking services. Client-centered counseling designed to reduce client risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV is available, as are referrals for medical or psychological evaluation and social support.

Who can get this service?

This service is available to any person wanting counseling and testing.

How much does this service cost?

This service is free.


 
HIV Case Management


Case management services are offered for clients infected with HIV and are provided by a team of a Social Work and Registered Nurse. Case management provides assistance with access to medical care, housing, medication, and provides information on availability of benefits specifically aimed at the HIV infected persons.

Where is this service provided?

Snow Hill Health Center

Who can get this service?

This service is available to any Worcester County resident infected with HIV.

How much does this service cost?

This service is free.



 Investigating and reporting
 

The Communicable Disease Program is responsible for the investigation and reporting of diseases per Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR).  We also have the responsibility for the epidemiological investigation of each suspected or reported outbreak of disease.

Where is this service provided?

Snow Hill Health Center

Who can get this service?

This service is provided after receipt of a laboratory or medical provider report of a communicable disease in a Worcester County resident, or upon a valid report of outbreak of illness in the community.

How much does this service cost?


This service is free.


 

West Nile Virus: 

West Nile virus exists in nature through a transmission cycle involving mosquitoes and birds. Mosquitoes become infected with West Nile virus when they feed on infected birds, which may carry the virus in their blood for a few days. Infected mosquitoes can then transmit West Nile virus to humans and animals when biting to take a blood meal. In rare instances, West Nile virus may be transmitted from human to human through organ donation or blood transfusion or from pregnant mother to fetus. These new modes of transmission are still under investigation.

Most individuals infected with West Nile virus will not have any symptoms or signs of illness. People who develop illness may experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches; occasionally a skin rash and swollen lymph glands may be noticed. Less than 1% of persons infected with the virus may develop a more severe disease with symptoms including high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis and, rarely, death. If you are concerned that you may have been exposed, please contact your healthcare provider.

The following steps may help you avoid contact with mosquitoes:

  • Stay indoors at dawn or early evening
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors
  • Use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered insect repellent and following package instructions
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by:
    • Removing all discarded tires from your property
    • Disposing of any water-holding containers
    • Changing the water in pet dishes and replacing the water in bird baths weekly
    • Drilling holes in tires swings so water drains out
    • Keeping children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren't being used


Dead bird surveillance during the past years has provided valuable information on the spread of WNV in Maryland. West Nile virus has now been detected in human and animal populations in nearly all jurisdictions in Maryland, and is expected to return each year.

If you find a dead bird, please dispose of it as follows:

  • Wear plastic or latex gloves or use a plastic bag as a glove
  • With your gloved hand, place or wrap the bird in a plastic bag and tie the bag securely
  • Dispose of the bag (and gloves) in an outdoor trash receptacle
  • Wash your hands with soap and water

Sick or injured birds should be reported to your local wildlife rehabilitator (call 1-877-463-6497 for a list of licensed rehabilitators)

For more information on West Nile virus visit:

Maryland Department of Agriculture - Office of Plant Industries and Pest Management

Centers for Disease Control - West Nile Virus Page
Maryland West Nile Information Page

 

 



Services are offered in several locations unless location is specified


Snow Hill Health Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. with an appointment.



Berlin Health Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. with an appointment.

 
Pocomoke Health Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. with an appointment, Monday - Thursday.


These services are provided by the Nursing Program.

 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

 

(Snow Hill, MD)- The 22nd Annual “Tortoise & Hare Dare” 5K walk/run will be held at 9 am, on Saturday, April 6, with a rain date of April 13, at Pocomoke River State Park-Shad Landing, Snow Hill, Maryland. Registration begins at 8:30 am. This is a FREE event and is Pet-Friendly and will be led by Smokey the Bear. The first 100 runners/walkers to check-in on the day of the event will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. There is no cost to take part in the Tortoise and the Hare Dare. The Worcester County Health Department, Worcester County Department of Recreation & Parks, and Pocomoke River State Park all co-sponsor the 5k.

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(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department is pleased to announce new funding awarded through the Maryland Department of Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, to put into action community-based projects that support physical activity in Worcester County. This new grant funding will help WCHD create projects that line up with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Healthy People 2020 campaign.

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Worcester County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides consultation to parents, home owners, renters, landlords, medical offices, and other concerned community members on the lead poisoning, prevention, testing, and regulations. Education and case management is provide to parents with children with elevated blood lead levels. Call 410-632-1100 for more information. 


What is lead poisoning?

Lead poisoning is one of the most common environmental child health problems in the United States and effects 3 to 4 million children. Lead is especially harmful to children younger than 6, but anyone who eats, drinks, or breathes something which has too much lead can get lead poisoning. Although chipping paint and paint dust are the most common sources of lead, lead can also be found in ceramic cups and dishes, fishing sinkers, craft supplies, leaded crystal, spray paint, and even in soil and water.

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Flu season is fully underway but it's not too late to reduce your risk. Flu vaccines are still available in Worcester County and simple, everyday precautions such as washing your hands, staying home when you're sick, and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze can help stop the spread of the flu. To learn more call 410-632-1100 or click the image below to visit the CDC page on flu prevention. 

 

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Snow Hill Rotary partners with Worcester Health on prescription lockboxes; Health Department to launch new substance abuse awareness campaigns in Spring 2019


(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department and Snow Hill Rotary Club partnered in 2019 to provide free prescription lockboxes to the community. In 2018, the Rotary conducted a needs assessment to determine priorities for where to donate their resources. After having presentations from various organizations, including the Worcester County Health Department, it was determined that the opioid crisis would be a priority area and partnering with the health department to provide lock boxes was the intervention they selected. The Snow Hill Rotary Club also participated in a Naloxone training provided by the health department.

Funded by the Rotary Club, the new lockboxes encourage residents to keep their prescription medications, such as opioids, safe and secure. In addition to promoting responsible opioid storage, Worcester Health will launch several new awareness campaigns this spring focusing on Addiction in the Workplace, Naloxone training, reducing the stigma around recovery as well as promoting the State of Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law.

“I would like to thank the Snow Hill Rotary Club for partnering with the Worcester County Health Department on the lockbox initiative,” said Rebecca Jones, Health Officer for Worcester County. “This is another avenue in which to fight the ongoing opioid crisis.”

 Pictured (left to right): Mimi Dean, Director of Prevention, Worcester County Health Department, Rebecca Jones, Health Officer, Worcester County Health Department, Marty Pusey, Snow Hill Rotary Club, Chris Welch, President, Snow Hill Rotary Club.

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