Barnstable County is…Cape Cod.

Department of Health and Environment

Barnstable County logo The Department manages a number of environmental, public  health, and homeland security grants that are funded through state and  federal resources.  The primary mission of the Department is to protect  public health and the environment and to promote the physical and mental  health and well being of the residents of Barnstable County.

 

 

George Heufelder, Director
P.O. Box 427
Superior Courthouse
3195 Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02630
508-375-6613

www.barnstablecountyhealth.org

Updates

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I contact for immunization information?

Our Public Health Nurse at 508-375-6617.

Link – http://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/public-health-nurse

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Is your residential septic system failed, and if so, would you like financial help to cover the cost of the upgrade?

Financial assistance with a 5% interest rate betterment loan is available through the Community Septic Management Loan Program.

Link – http://www.barnstablecountysepticloan.org/

 

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I have an innovative/alternative septic system. Is there anything special I should know about it?

All innovative/alternative septic systems are required by both DEP and your local board of health be inspected regularly by a certified wastewater treatment operator.

Link – http://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/ia-systems

 

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What should I do if I find a bat in my house?

If you find a bat in an unoccupied home, open windows and release the bat.  If you find a bat in an occupied home, call animal control or a wildlife conservation agency for assistance.  If professional assistance is not available, safely capture the bat and save it for testing.  Contact the State Laboratory Institute at 617-983-6800 for information on free rabies testing.

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What should I do if I or my pet is scratched or bitten by a wild animal?

If you or your pet is scratched or bitten by a wild animal (e.g. bat, raccoon, skunk, coyote, etc.) contact your local health department immediately.  You can also contact the epidemiologist on call 24/7 at the State Laboratory Institute at 617-983-6800 for further instructions.

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Who should I contact if I or a friend/ family member has a problem with compulsive hoarding?

Contact the Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force at www.hoardingcapecod.org for a list of local resources and professional services.

 

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What is the best way to remove a tick that has become attached without risking further infection from that tick?

Pointy tweezers ONLY!! (Or a verified tick removal instrument)

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Can’t tanning beds provide a “safe” base tan before I go on vacation to a sunny region so I don’t get sun burned?

No, any tan is damage to the skin and the federal government has just listed tanning beds as a known carcinogen. The best way to prevent yourself from getting a sunburn is to apply enough sunscreen every 2-3 hours while outside and stay out of the sun during the peak hours of 10am – 2pm if your skin is more sensitive.

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What is the landfill monitoring program?

As part of the state mandated sampling/monitoring requirements either post-closure or for ongoing operations of a Landfill, Barnstable County collects groundwater samples for 12 of 15 towns within the County on a routine basis to monitor groundwater quality.  In addition, we also perform routine monitoring of soil gases in 6 Cape towns. For specific information on sampling parameters or results for your town, contact your Health Department and/or Department of Public Works.

 

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It seems like kids are smoking more these days…Is that true?

No, the fact is that the daily Youth Smoking rate in MA is 16%; Here on Cape Cod, it is 14%. At the inception of the Cape Cod Regional Tobacco Control Program in 1994, the Youth daily smoking rate was 35%. It may seem that more youth are smoking because young smokers tend to “cluster” across the street from schools, etc., and smoke as a group.

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Are electronic cigarettes safer than real cigarettes?

While e-cigarettes contain no tar, carbon monoxide, or other effects of burning tobacco, some contain up to 18mg  of nicotine, enough to kill a small child if accidentally swallowed. Also, the vapor emitted by e-cigarettes has yet to be analyzed by the FDA for content and safety.  It may be that they are safer, but one should not assume that they are until such analysis has been completed, and the FDA issues its findings.

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