Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Main Number: 410-996-5550
Public Health Emergencies: 410-392-2008



Interpreting Services Are Available
Interpreting services are available free of charge to all clients receiving Cecil County Health Department services. 

Se ofrecen servicios de intérpretes gratuitos 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?
Depressed? Feeling hopeless?
Don't know who to call?
For information, referral or crisis assistance with 
a substance abuse or mental health issue, call 
Upper Shore Crisis Resource Helpline

Maryland 2-1-1. Help Happens Here
Need help? Don't know who to call? Call 2-1-1.

2-1-1 provides information and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues with one easy call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Get Help: Dial 2-1-1

First Case of Ebola in the United States Has Died
A patient diagnosed with Ebola and being treated at a Dallas hospital has died.  The man did not have symptoms when leaving Liberia, West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately five days after arriving in the U.S. on Sept. 20.

The CDC emphasizes that the United States has a strong health care system and Ebola poses little risk to the U.S. general population because the likelihood of spreading is very low.

Transmission is through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, which includes vomit, blood or diarrhea. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious.

As a precaution, the CDC issued a reminder to doctors and healthcare workers in the U.S. to be alert for signs and symptoms of Ebola and as with any infectious disease, people showing symptoms such as fever, cough or vomiting should be isolated as soon as they come into a medical facility, and all staff who come into contact should be gloved, gowned and masked.

The latest information on the outbreak in West Africa can be found at the World Health Organization link here.

Click here for information on Ebola from the Centers for Disease Control. 

Download the Ebola Fact Sheet from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Enterovirus D-68 Confirmed in Maryland
 The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has confirmed the presence of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in Maryland. The virus, which has been associated with respiratory infections in children across the country, was identified in a specimen collected from a hospitalized child in suburban Maryland and was sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation.

 The child was released from the hospital and is recovering.

Click here for the full press release.
For more information about Enterovirus D-68 from the CDC, click here. 

Tobacco Cessation Mini Grants Available
Cecil County community based organizations, businesses, churches and non-governmental agencies that would like educate local retailers about laws that limit tobacco sales to youth are encouraged to apply for a mini-grant. Each mini-grant applicant selected must conduct face-to face tobacco education with twenty-five to thirty tobacco retailers.

Each of the two funded entities will receive $1,000.00. All applications must be received by 4:00 pm on November 14, 2014 to the  address below:

Cecil County Health Department
401 Bow Street
Elkton, MD 21921
Attention: Jennifer Padgett

For additional information as well as an easy to complete application please contact Jennifer Padgett at or 410-996-5168 ext 3877.
Need Health Insurance? Get Covered Now!
Recently divorced,  married or found a new job? Have you adopted or recently had a child? Have you experienced another life changing event? You may qualify for health insurance without waiting for open enrollment. 

Call us for free enrollment assistance or to determine your eligibility!

For a Certified Enrollment Assister 
Call 410-996-5126

For a Certified Patient Navigator
Call 443-245-3939


Download a flyer for more information.
Click here for a calendar of upcoming events.

On the Road to Accreditation!
Cecil County Health Department is on an accreditation journey. Follow us on our path toward excellence in public health as we demonstrate accountability, transparency, and a commitment to long-term quality improvement.

First step: Our strategic plan!

No Fall Flu Clinics at Cecil County Health Department
There is an adequate supply of flu vaccine in many doctors’ offices and pharmacies. Check with your doctor or pharmacist for flu vaccine availability.
As in previous years, the Health Department will offer FluMist, the nasal flu vaccine, at Cecil County public and private schools. The vaccine will be at no charge to children, grades K through 5, during school hours. Look for more information from your school about this project

The federal Centers for Disease Control recommend flu vaccine for anyone 6 months of age or older. Click here for more information. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and at or 410-996-1005 for up-to-date information about the flu. 

Help Fight the Alarming Number of Overdose Deaths in Cecil County
To eliminate the number of senseless deaths caused by overdose, Cecil County Health Department now offers training on the use of naloxone, a life-saving drug that can rapidly reverse an overdose resulting from opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Percocet, or heroin.

After completion of training, participants receive a kit containing two doses of naloxone for use in event of an overdose emergency.

For more information or to see if you qualify, contact:
Karl Webner, Overdose Prevention Coordinator

Download a copy of the flyer here. 

Looking for Mental Health or Substance Abuse Services? Search No More
The Behavioral Health Providers List is a referral and resource list of mental health and substance abuse outpatient providers located in Cecil County and surrounding areas. 

The Alcohol & Drug Recovery Center (ADRC) Resource Guide provides a list of alcohol and drug recovery resources.

If you can't find what you need, you can also contact the Mental Health Core Service Agency, 410-996-5112 or the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center, 410-996-5106.

For Behavioral Health Crisis Assistance: 



Interpreting services are available free of charge to all clients receiving Cecil County Health Department services.

Se ofrecen servicios de intérpretes gratuitos a todos los clientes que reciban servicios del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Cecil. En Español 410-996-5550 Extension 4680

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