Health Department News Articles
National Hand Washing Awareness Week: December 4 - 10
Hand washing is one of the easiest and most important steps you can take to keep yourself, your family and community well this cold and flu season.
Six Main Rules of Hand Washing:
Always wash your hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, cleaning up after your pets or handling money.
Wash your hands when they look dirty.
Always wash your hands before eating.
Do not cough or sneeze into your hands. Instead, cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm.
Refrain from putting your fingers in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Avoid touching people and surfaces with unclean hands.
Correct Hand Washing Steps:
Wet your hands with clean, running water and apply soap.
Rub your hands together away from the running water to make lather. Be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Finally, turn faucet off with the towel, not hands, to keep away from recontamination.
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them.
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Health Department Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30, 2013
STATEMENT FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: WITHLACOOCHEE AND SUWANNEE RIVER WATER MEETS WATER QUALITY STANDARDS
Contact: DOH Communication (850) 245-4111
Tallahassee - The Florida Department of Health has lifted its precautionary health advisory issued on August 28 after the City of Valdosta reported a wastewater plant overflow which spilled into the Withlacoochee River. The Withlacoochee flows south and connects with the Suwannee River.
Recent river water samples taken by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) indicate the river water meets surface water quality standards.
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