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:
1. Wet your hands with clean, running water and apply soap.
2. 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.
3. Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
4. Rinse your hands well under running water.
5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
6. 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: November 18, 2013
HEALTH OFFICIALS RESCIND PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE
~ Water safe to drink for households, businesses near Branford Wastewater Treatment Plant ~
Contact: Mike Mitchell (386) 362-2708
LIVE OAK, FL - The Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County, in coordination with the Suwannee River Water Management District, Department of Environmental Protection and Suwannee County Emergency Management has rescinded the precautionary boil water notice for residents and businesses located within one mile of the Branford Wastewater Treatment Plant.
“We have completed thorough testing of the water and can assure residents and businesses it is now safe to drink,” said Pamela Blackmon, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County.
A precautionary boil water notice was issued October 30 when several sinkholes forming in the area drained treated wastewater contents of the Plant’s percolation pond. The area is located one-half mile east of Branford High School, just south of County / State Road 247 and 77th Road or Latitude 29o 57’ 45” & Longitude 82o 54’ 37”.
Corrective actions included bypassing the pond to prevent any additional contamination from entering the ground water, filling the sinkholes to eliminate potential contamination, and conducting water testing to monitor potential problems. The plant has returned to normal operating procedures and the latest laboratory water tests have been satisfactory. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is working with the Town of Branford on preventive measures to reduce future incidents.
For more information including how to disinfect a well or water testing, contact the Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County at (386) 362-2708 from 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday.
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