Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition Provides Materials on E-Cigarette and Vape Product Use Throughout Lincoln County

E-cigarettesThe Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition has placed educational materials on vaping and E-cigarette use throughout Merrill including: Piggly Wiggly, Aspirus Clinic, Ministry Health Clinic, St. Vincent DePaul Free Clinic, east Kwik Trip location,  both Subway locations, Park Place and Jenny Towers Apartments.  Materials can be found in the Tomahawk area at: Ministry Medical Group, Sacred Heart Hospital, City Hall, Northcentral Health Care/ Tomahawk Annex and Shell Gas Station.

As vaping and electronic cigarette use become an increasingly popular method for tobacco cessation, parents and the community as a whole must be aware of the health risks of vaping and the impact of second-hand vapor on our children. Continue Reading > >

Establishments Receive Health Department Awards

The Lincoln County Health Department is pleased to announce the third annual environmental health award winners for the 2015 licensing year (July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016). The award program recognizes the special effort of high and moderate complexity restaurants that serve food to the public.

Of the 90 establishments eligible for the awards, Culvers and Ma’s Place were chosen for this year’s awards. These establishments should be congratulated for their efforts.

Culvers Photo Ma's Place PhotoLeft Photo:  Joe Williams and Joe and Lori Wakefield (Merrill Culvers) accepting Special Recognition Award from Environmental Health Specialist Meghan Williams (Lincoln County Health Department). Right Photo:  Barb Nickels and Cindy Schielke (Ma’s Place) accepting Special Recognition Award from Environmental Health Specialist Meghan Williams. Continue Reading > >

Blue-Green Algae Can Be A Health Hazard

blue gree algaeWhen in doubt, best keep out! Lincoln County Health Officials are reminding people to watch out for blue-green algae blooms in waterways this summer and to avoid swimming in water where visible scum or mats of blue-green algae are present. Lincoln County Health Department reports blue-green algae on some of our lakes in Lincoln County already this year. Continue Reading > >

Beat The Heat: Stay Healthy and Safe

extreme_heatTemperatures are expected to rise to the mid-90s, with heat indexes reaching a potentially dangerous 95-108 degree range.

Heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths. Those who are most at risk are older adults and young children, and people living with chronic or mental health conditions.

People who do not have access to air conditioning in their homes are encouraged to seek out air conditioned facilities such as public buildings, malls, libraries, senior centers, cooling centers or stay with family or neighbors who have air conditioning.  Click Here for a list of cooling centers in Lincoln County.   
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Lincoln County Health Department Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary – Public is Invited to Celebrate on July 27

Celebrating-100-Years-mark-small2016 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Lincoln County Health Department. To acknowledge this important occasion, the Health Department is holding a 100 Year Celebration on July 27, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in the Health Department Clinic Room.

As we look forward to the next hundred years of public health, it’s important to remember where we came from. Shelley Hersil, Lincoln County Health Officer, explains “The history of public health in Lincoln County is strong. Theta Mead was the first Public Health Nurse in the county, appointed in 1917. She was the second Public Health Nurse in Wisconsin and one of the first in the nation.” Continue Reading > >