Wisconsin Releases Communicable Disease Report

The Bureau of Communicable Diseases is excited to share the release of its inaugural Annual Report!

This report reflects all reportable communicable diseases in Wisconsin during January 1, 2016-December 31st, 2016. Included in this report are disease summaries, trends, as well as outbreak highlights from 2016. We hope this report can serve as a helpful resource when evaluating the burden of communicable diseases in Wisconsin.

WI DPH Communiable Disease Report 2016

Be On the Lookout for Blue-Green Algae

Around this time of year, we will often see some of our lakes and ponds turning into what looks like pea soup. This is from blue-green algae.  Lincoln County Health Department wants to remind everyone to watch for blue-green algal blooms. When in doubt, best keep out! “We have had reports of algal blooms in Lincoln County this year,” says Meghan Williams, Environmental Health Specialist, Lincoln County Health Department. “We want to make sure everyone is aware and taking precautions to protect themselves.” Continue reading

Healthy Recipe Program Expanded to Lee’s Piggly Wiggly of Merrill

The Lincoln County Health Department is happy to announce that we are expanding our healthy recipe program “Eating Right with Every Bite” to Lee’s Piggly Wiggly of Merrill. The program features four different fruits or vegetables each month and provides shoppers with healthy, easy and family-friendly recipes. In addition, there will be coupons available each month on the featured fruits and vegetables.

During the month of August, we will be featuring melons. Watermelons, cantaloupe, and honeydew are all a part of summer and we want to help show families how wonderful summer can be with some sweet treats that are good for the whole family! Join us for our kick off Taste Testing Event on Friday, August 3, from 10am-12pm for free samples and coupons!Continue to look for new recipes and coupons each month through the end of the year.

LCHD Awarded Marshfield Clinic Health System, Security Health Plan ABCS for Healthy Communities Grant

Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan are proud to announce that the Lincoln County Health Department is one of 14 recipients of their 2018 ABCS for Healthy Communities Grants.

Grant funding may be used to develop new projects or programs, or improve existing programs to focus on at least one of Marshfield Clinic Health System’s ABCS health focus areas: alcohol and substance abuse; behavioral health; chronic disease; and social determinants of health.

Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital has also contributed additional funds to the Lincoln County Health Department to provide a larger impact. Together, these organizations have awarded more than $30,000 for improving the health of Lincoln County.

The Lincoln County Health Department will work with eight Lincoln County schools to install hydroponic gardening units meant to provide students with education throughout the school year rather than a short-lived summer garden season. Continue reading

New Plan Outlines Roadmap to a Healthier Lincoln County

Lincoln County Health Department in collaboration with its Live Well Lincoln partners are proud to announce the release of the Lincoln County Community Health Improvement Plan 2018-2023 (CHIP). The CHIP is a six-year plan aimed at improving the health of Lincoln County residents. It provides direction for where we want to be as a county with regard to health.

“The success of the CHIP is largely dependent on the support and involvement of our entire community being motivated to live well,” stated Shelley Hersil, Health Officer/Director of Lincoln County Health Department. “No single individual or organization can do this work alone, but together we can significantly impact the health of Lincoln County residents.” Continue reading

Stay Safe as the Temperatures Rise

Residents reminded to stay cool, hydrated, and informed during extreme heat

High temperatures are expected over much of Wisconsin in the next several days, and Lincoln County Health Department is reminding residents to take steps to stay cool during this heat wave.

“Hot temperatures and humidity can be dangerous and even deadly,” said Kristin Bath, Public Health Educator for Lincoln County Health Department. “During heat waves like this one, it’s important to stay cool, hydrated, and informed.” Continue reading

Summer Food Safety Tips

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N! Every summer, many of us long for that word. Millions of people can’t wait to take time away from work or school and take to the road, beach, vacation home, or campground for some relaxation. The Lincoln County Health Department wants to remind everyone that even in time of relaxation, family and friends, food safety should still be taken seriously.

“We tend to see foodborne illnesses and complaints increase in the summer months,” says Meghan Williams, Environmental Health Specialist, Continue reading

Pneumococcal Vaccines Recommended for those 65 years and older

Most of us take breathing for granted, but when breathing becomes difficult, it can be very scary. It can also be life threatening.  Lincoln County Health Department is encouraging residents to receive both pneumococcal “pneumonia” vaccines.

Pneumococcal disease is caused by bacteria that you can catch from a sick person who coughs or sneezes around you. The elderly are at increased risk for sickness and even death from this disease. In order for you to protect your health, it is important that you receive these shots Continue reading

Beat the Heat this Summer: 2018 Cooling Center Listing

Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day is observed on June 6. While many people look forward to the warmer summer temperatures, it’s important to remember that hot conditions can turn dangerous quickly and pose a risk to health and safety.

According to the Department of Health Services, 39 people have died in Wisconsin over the last five years and thousands of residents have fallen ill or even been hospitalized due to heat-related conditions. Nationwide there are an average of 618 deaths in the U.S. each year caused by extreme heat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Lincoln County has a higher rate of emergency room visits due to heat stress than Wisconsin as a whole,” states Kristin Bath, Public Health Educator Continue reading

National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

Pools, waterparks, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds are great places to have fun, be active, or just relax. This year during the National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week (May 21-27 2018), the Lincoln County Health Department wants to remind everyone to be safe this summer wherever they swim.

A few of the main reasons pools in Lincoln County shut down is due to contamination in the water or incorrect levels of chemicals. Germs like Crypto (short for Cryptosporidium) are extra hard to stop, because the germ is not easily killed by chlorine or other chemicals.   Continue reading