Older Adults Urged to Protect Themselves from West Nile Virus

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is reminding all residents, especially older adults, to protect themselves from the threat of West Nile Virus (WNV) by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites. Earlier this month, a mosquito pool tested positive for WNV in Oakland County. WNV has also been identified in mosquitoes in Saginaw County. “West Nile Virus continues to be monitored by Oakland County Health Division,” Patterson said. “There are a numbers of ways to reduce the risk of … [Read more...]

Heat Advisory Alert

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for today, beginning at 1:00 p.m. through tomorrow, July 22 at 10:00 p.m. Kids and Pets Oakland County Health Division cautions residents to protect themselves, especially young children and pets, from heat-related illness such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke when temperatures are high. Infants and young children are sensitive to the effects of extreme heat and must rely on other people to keep them cool and hydrated. Follow these tips … [Read more...]

Remembering Kristy Lynn Malter

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed on Saturday that Kristy Malter, age 21, died on Thursday, July 14, just one day after the Oakland County Health Division held a news conference about the Shelby Township camp worker. Malter, an employee at Lifetime Fitness in Rochester Hills, succumbed to Bacterial Meningitis. From Rochester Media: Bacterial Meningitis Found in Fitness Camp Employee Obituary for Kristy Lynn Malter Malter, Kristy Lynn, Age 21, July 14, 2016. Beloved … [Read more...]

Oakland County calls for Community Action to Improve Health

Oakland County Health Division will launch the Oakland County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) on Thursday, June 23 from 8:00am to 3:00pm at the San Marino Club in Troy. This community call to action will empower healthcare providers, business owners, and community leaders to improve the overall health of the county. Those who wish to attend this event must register by Monday, June 20 at www.oakgov.com/health. "This is a game changer for public health in Oakland County and … [Read more...]

Youth Suicide Prevention 4th Annual Community Forum

Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force is hosting its 4th Annual Youth Suicide Prevention Community Forum. The event is Friday, May 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Rd, Banquet Rooms 304 – 305. All individuals interested in discussing youth suicide prevention and care coordination are invited to attend. Visit www.oakgov.com/health to RSVP. "Our youth are our future," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "By working together … [Read more...]

Oakland County among the top for Health Behaviors

For the third consecutive year, Oakland County ranks second in the state for health behaviors and in the top five for overall key factors that affect health, according to the County Health Rankings Report released today. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson credits this achievement to his administration’s focus on quality of life initiatives including the hard work and commitment of the Oakland County Health Division’s numerous community collaborative efforts to improve … [Read more...]

Good Friday Delivery of Donations for Flint

Oakland County Care 4 Flint Employee Donation Drive Continues to Collect Donations for Good Friday Delivery Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson and Commissioner Bob Hoffman will be delivering items to Flint on Friday, March 25, 2016, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The goal is to collect the following items of antibacterial wipes, antibacterial soap, 3-in-1 leave-in shampoo, hand sanitizers, Vaseline and waterless baby food and formula. The drive began Monday, March 21 and will … [Read more...]

Well Water Testing Vital for Safe Drinking Water

Oakland County Health Division reminds private well owners that the only way to be sure their drinking water is safe is to test it regularly for contaminants. The reminder comes during National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 6-12, 2016. "Unlike public water supplies, private wells are not tested regularly by city or county officials," said Kathy Forzley, manager/health officer of Oakland County Health Division. "Homeowners with private wells may not be aware of the risks that can occur. … [Read more...]

Patterson, Local Mom Urge Others to Get Flu Vaccine

An Oakland County mother who lost her 23-year-old daughter to the flu joins County Executive L. Brooks Patterson in urging individuals to vaccinate themselves against the influenza virus during National Influenza Vaccination Week. “Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves against flu, but their loved ones as well," Patterson said. “Getting a flu shot now will help prevent the virus from spreading as families gather during the Christmas … [Read more...]

Oakland County Celebrates Great American Smokeout

Oakland County Health Division joins the American Cancer Society in celebrating the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 19. The Smokeout encourages people to quit smoking for a day, a step towards quitting completely. “Tobacco use continues to be the single most preventable cause of death globally,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “I urge smokers in Oakland County to set a date to quit smoking and locate the resources to help them achieve that goal.” According to … [Read more...]