Volume 019 | September 17, 2020
Public Health Update
Public Health - Muskegon County is dedicated to keeping you informed about what is happening in your community, as well as around the state. As COVID-19 continues to affect us, please be sure to connect with us to stay up-to-date. Visit muskegonhealth.net or facebook.com/PublicHealthMuskegon
Weekly Video Update
This week Andy O'Riley interviews Health Officer Kathy Moore, Public Health Nurse David Martin, and Community Engagement Coordinator Jamie Hekker.
After a brief update on COVID-19 in Muskegon County, the team explains their roles on the school team - including communication, case investigation, and public information.

See the full video here
Community Testing Site - Now Open
In partnership with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, a new community COVID-19 testing site is now open!

Located at Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Church, 412 E. Sherman Blvd., the site is open to the public. Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be scheduled online by calling the COVID-19 Hotline at (888)535-6136 (option 1). Walk-ins will be taken as space allows.

Regular operating times:
Monday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
EEE Update - Aerial Spraying
As of Sept. 15, EEE has been confirmed in 22 horses in 10 counties in Michigan. Additional animal cases are under investigation. This is twice as many animal cases as the same time last year. To date, there is one suspected human case in Barry County. There is an EEE vaccine available for horses, but not for people. Protecting horses with approved EEE vaccines is an important prevention measure.

In an effort to prevent spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), MDHHS has announced plans to conduct aerial mosquito control treatment in certain high-risk areas of Michigan. To prevent the loss of life and protect public health, MDHHS has determined a targeted aerial treatment plan is necessary. When there are high rates of animal infections, humans are just as at risk.

EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the United States, with a 33 percent fatality rate in people who become ill. People can be infected with EEE from one bite of a mosquito carrying the virus. Persons younger than age 15 and over age 50 are at greatest risk of severe disease following infection. More than 25 percent of the nation’s EEE cases last year were diagnosed in Michigan. The risk of bites is highest for people who work and play outdoors in affected areas.

Learn more by visiting www.michigan.gov/eee
SepticSmart Week - Sept. 14 - 18
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed the week of Sept. 14-18, 2020, as SepticSmart Week. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – in conjunction with federal, state and local governments, and private sector partners – kicked off its eighth annual SepticSmart Week to encourage American homeowners and communities to properly maintain their septic systems. Visit EPA.gov/septic for more information.
Simple tips for homeowners include:
  • Protect It and Inspect It: Homeowners should generally have their system inspected every three years by a qualified professional or according to their state or local health department's recommendations. 
  • Think at the Sink: What goes down the drain has a big impact on your septic system. 
  • Don’t Overload the Commode: A toilet is not a trash can. 
  • Don’t Strain Your Drain: Use water efficiently and stagger use of water-based appliances. 
  • Shield Your Field: Tree and shrub roots, cars, and livestock can damage your septic drainfield.
  • Pump your Tank: Ensure your septic tank is pumped at regular intervals.
  • Keep It Clean!: Contamination can occur when a septic system leaks due to improper maintenance. Be sure your drinking water is safe to drink by testing it regularly.