Friday, January 20, 2017
Main Number: 410-996-5550
Public Health Emergencies: 410-392-2008


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Interpreting services are available free of charge for all Cecil County Health Department services. Call 410-996-5550 for assistance.
Se ofrecen servicios gratuitos de intérpretes a todos los clientes que reciban servicios del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Cecil. En Español: 410-996-5550, Extension 4680.
Mental Health or Substance Abuse Crisis?
For 24/7 information, referral or crisis assistance 
with a substance abuse or mental health issue, call 
Eastern Shore Crisis Resource Helpline

New Regulations for Maryland Sewage Systems
Maryland has recently revised the regulations that require installation of “Best Available Technology” BAT units for nitrogen reduction from onsite sewage systems. The effective date for the revised regulation will be November 24, 2016. The full text of the revised regulations can be found here.

If you have an existing sewage system permit for a conventional sewage system outside the Critical Area that will be installed after November 24, 2016 and do not want to install a BAT unit, contact the Cecil County Health Department at 410-996-5160 to request specifications for a conventional septic tank. Applying for a revised plan is not necessary.

After November 24, 2016, BATs will only be required for new construction and repairs in the Critical Area, and for innovative repairs where specified by the engineer.
Stay Safe in Winter Weather

Cecil County Health Department reminds residents that there are many serious health issues to consider during cold winter weather. 

  • As a result of exposure to cold, individuals may experience low body temperature, which may lead to hypothermia and even death. Freezing of exposed skin may lead to frostbite and other issues. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
  • As a result of the increased stress on the body, individuals working in the cold may experience heart attacks and strokes. Work slowly and take frequent breaks.
  • When working outside or traveling, carry a fully-charged cellphone.
  • With increased use of heating units, it's important to know the signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning -- headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. If you suspect CO poisoning, get everyone outside and seek prompt medical attention. 

Cecil County Sets Health Improvement Plan
The Health Department and its partners, with input from the public, have developed Cecil County's Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to identify and address our top public health issues. Click here to read more and access the CHNA and CHIP. For questions, contact Dan Coulter at 443-245-3767.

Enroll in New Health Insurance for 2017

If you need health insurance, you can sign up through Maryland’s state-based marketplace during open enrollment November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017. Cecil County Health Department can provide free assistance with your health insurance enrollment: Call 410-996-5126.

The federal Affordable Care Act requires all Americans to be enrolled in a health insurance plan and provides access to affordable insurance options through federal and state health exchanges. Maryland Health Connection is the state health insurance marketplace established for Marylanders to shop, compare and enroll in quality health coverage.

Access Maryland Health Connection at

Flu Season is Here - It's Not Too Late to Get Vaccinated

Flu season is now in Maryland and anyone over the age of 6 months should get vaccinated. Flu shots are widely available at providers including health care practitioners and many pharmacies. Use the Flu Vaccine Finder below to find a  location near you. Enter your ZIP code and click "GO."

Zika Virus Information Center

Pregnant women should avoid travel to areas known to have Zika-infected mosquitoes, which includes all of Miami-Dade County, Florida. Zika can be transmitted through sex, so take precautions after traveling. Tell your health provider if you've traveled. Please click here to learn more about Zika.

Advisory Committee and Task Force Schedule
The Cecil County Community Health Advisory Committee (CHAC) is a partnership of community organizations, government, groups, and individuals that works closely with several task forces and advisory councils to improve health in Cecil County. Meetings are held at Cecil County Health Department Auditorium, 401 Bow St., Elkton, unless otherwise noted. Upcoming meetings are:
  • Cecil County Community Health Advisory Committee (CHAC): 4:30p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017.  Contact Dan Coulter at 443-245-3767.
  • Cancer Task Force:  12noon - 1p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Union Hospital - Chesapeake Room, 106 Bow Street, Elkton.  Contact Robin England at 410-996-5168.
All meetings are open to the public. Access is provided for people with disabilities. Interpreting services are available on request with advance notice.




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John M. Byers Health Center • 401 Bow Street • Elkton, MD 21921
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