Saraland reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow 2-5-24

February 5, 2024

Saraland reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Saraland Water and Sewer Service has reported on a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred on February 1. The cause was a blockage that was caused by rags and paper.

The SSO occurred at the intersection of Henry Street and the Saraland Middle School’s back entrance road. An estimated 500 gallons absorbed by the ground. The affected area was rinsed and disinfected.

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Bayou La Batre reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow 2-5-24

February 5, 2024

Bayou La Batre reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — The Utilities Board of the City of Bayou La Batre has reported on a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred on January 31. The cause was a broken line.

The SSO occurred at 8160 Hemely Street. Less than 1,000 gallons of wastewater was absorbed by the ground and did not reach a body of water.

Dr. Kevin P. Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Rabies clinics planned in February for dogs, cats, ferrets 01.31.2024

January 31, 2024

Rabies clinics planned in February for dogs, cats, ferrets

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department provides low-cost rabies shots for dogs, cats, and ferrets that are good for one year during weekend clinics. Here is a list of the rabies clinics planned during Saturdays in February across Mobile County:

  • February 3, 10 a.m. to noon, Little Flower Catholic School, 2103 Government Street in Mobile
  • February 10, 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howells Ferry Road in Mobile
  • February 10, 1 to 3 p.m., Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
  • February 17, 1 to 3 p.m., Saint Elmo Feed & Seed Store, 9001 Highway 90 West
  • February 24, 10 a.m. to noon, Dauphin Island Town Hall, 1011 Bienville Boulevard

These events will be drive-through clinics. The cost of the rabies vaccine per pet is $12. All rabies shots are payable in cash.

Each month, MCHD’s Rabies Officer provides residents with low-cost vaccines for their pet dogs, cats, and ferrets at a variety of locations. The state of Alabama tasks local health departments with providing affordable rabies vaccinations to pet owners. MCHD’s Rabies Officer provided 227 vaccinations (186 dogs and 41 cats) during January.

Rabies is a virus that attacks the central nervous system. It is transmitted from infected mammals to humans and is fatal once symptoms appear. Symptoms of rabies include unusual behavior, irritability, headache, fever, inability to eat or drink, balance problems, circling, seizures, coma, and, finally, death. All warm-blooded mammals, including humans, are susceptible to rabies.

MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 2,004 household pets (1,600 dogs and 404 cats) in 2023. To learn more about our program, visit https://mchd.org/disease-control/#rabies.

A Rabies Quarantine Fact Sheet is available through the Alabama Department of Public Health at https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/assets/rabiesquarantinefactsheet.pdf.

MCHD working hard to stem spread of respiratory viruses 01.31.24

January 31, 2024

MCHD working hard to stem spread of respiratory viruses

MOBILE, Ala. — In the latest data from the Alabama Department of Public Health, the percentage of emergency department visits reporting symptoms of a respiratory virus was 7.05 percent. This represents an increase from the previous week when it was 6.61 percent.

From those newest figures, influenza made up 4.45 percent of the cases. Next was COVID-19 at 2.31 percent and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) at 0.29 percent.

In response, the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) has been working extra hard to make sure its Family Health primary care facilities are as safe as possible for both its patients and its staff. To accomplish this, members of the maintenance team have been visiting the different health centers after closing to reinforce the daily sanitizing.

“We began the campaign about three weeks ago when we started seeing a rise in flu cases,” said Michael Seback, who oversees MCHD’s Project Management and Facilities department. “We will continue until we see a significant decline in the flu and these other symptoms we witness being experienced.”

The maintenance team has been using Purell Foodservice Surface Sanitizer to provide the extra cleaning. “This is the same product we used during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Seback said. “It also fights against Influenza A, Rhinovirus, Whooping Cough, Salmonella, Staph, E. coli, and other pathogens.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu viruses are relatively fragile. So, standard cleaning and disinfecting practices such as those being carried out by the MCHD staff are sufficient to remove or kill the viruses.

For the first time in U.S. history, vaccines for all three major respiratory viruses are available.

“The treatment of many of the viral respiratory illnesses are supportive in nature, cough, decongestants, and anti-fever medications or simply rest and hydration,” said Dr. Michaels. “Also, minimize other causes through annual flu and COVID-19 vaccinations and for those at risk getting the new RSV vaccination.”

Dr. Michaels goes on to encourage social distancing, hand washing, cough etiquette, and the use of facial coverings as dictated by their overall health. To find a location to get your flu or COVID-19 shots, visit https://www.vaccines.gov. For the RSV vaccine, please reach out to your provider or pharmacy.

Mobile County Board of Health elects officers for 2024 01.31.24

January 31, 2024

Mobile County Board of Health elects officers for 2024

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Board of Health elected its officers for 2024 during its monthly meeting this week, according to Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County.

Dr. Danuel J. Laan will serve as Chairman of the Board of Health. Dr. Caroline E. McGugin, a new member, is taking on the role of Secretary.

Returning members include Dr. Michael L. Sternberg, Dr. Minh Pham, Dr. De’Arco R. McCreary, and Dr. Laan, along with Mobile County Commission President Randall Dueitt. Last year, Dr. Sternberg served as Chairman while Dr. Pham served as Secretary.

Another new member joining the Board with Dr. McGugin is Dr. Brandon F. Bodie.

Outgoing members of the Board include Dr. Desiree A. Soter-Pearsall and Dr. Michael C. Chang, who received plaques in appreciation from Dr. Michaels. While on the Board, Dr. Soter-Pearsall served as Chairman in 2022 and Secretary in 2020. Dr. Chang served as Secretary in 2021.

Pursuant to Title 22 Code of Alabama 1975, the Board of Health includes six physicians serving on the Medical Society of Mobile County’s Board of Censors and the current president of the Mobile County Commission. The Board of Health meets monthly to review Mobile County Health Department activities and to provide guidance to Alabama’s oldest public health agency.

Prichard updates Sanitary Sewer Overflow report 1-29-24

January 29, 2024

Prichard reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has reported on Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that began on January 27 and ended on January 28. Heavy rains are the cause of the SSO’s.

The nearest manhole locations, estimated overflow, and receiving waters are listed below:

LocationEstimated GallonsReceiving Water
2407 Whistler St.98,000Gumtree Branch
218 Patricia Ave.241,100Gumtree Branch
N. Bessemer Ct. & Whistler St.149,150Gumtree Branch
830 Strauss Ave.60,400Toulmins Spring Branch
798 W. Highland St.17,300Toulmins Spring Branch
933 Semler St.17,250Three Mile Creek
198 Wood St.55,200Chickasaw Creek

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of these overflows. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Gumtree Branch, Toulmins Spring Branch, Three Mile Creek and Chickasaw Creek for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash their hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

Record-breaking number sign up for health plans during Open Enrollment Period 01.29.2024

January 29, 2024

Record-breaking number sign up for health plans during Open Enrollment Period

MOBILE, Ala. — More than 21.3 million people selected an Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace plan during the 2024 Open Enrollment Period. Total plan selections include more than 5 million people — about a fourth — who are new to the Marketplaces and 16 million people who renewed their coverage.

The Mobile County Health Department and Family Health, its primary care division, had Certified Application Counselors ready to assist. The counselors, who have been trained and are able to help consumers as they look for health coverage options through the Health Insurance Exchange, assisted 3,055 clients during the OEP. Assistance by the Certified Application Counselors is free to consumers.

“Family Health’s Certified Application Counselors have worked diligently to help thousands of people enroll in affordable plans this year,” said Kelly Warren, Executive Director for Family Health. “Several patients have returned to the counselors to deliver heartfelt thanks for the impact their assistance has had on both their family’s budget and healthcare access.”

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the American Rescue Plan continue to keep Marketplace coverage affordable. Thanks to the IRA, four in five HealthCare.gov customers were able to find health care coverage for $10 or less per month for plan year 2024 after subsidies.

These steps expanded access to affordable, comprehensive Marketplace coverage for millions of middle- and lower-income families nationwide. Compared to the Open Enrollment Period last year, nearly 4.2 million more individuals with household incomes less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level (about $75,000 per year for a family of four) enrolled in 2024 coverage — demonstrating that when coverage is affordable, people sign up.

Marketplace coverage has also been critical for many people transitioning from Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as states conduct eligibility renewals, which restarted last year. As of December 31, 2023, CMS data show that 2.4 million plan selections in states that use HealthCare.gov, or approximately 15 percent, were made by individuals who were previously enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP coverage.

Certified Application Counselors can be found at all Family Health centers conveniently located throughout Mobile County. You may visit https://mchd.org/family-health/#locations for a list of sites or call directly at 251-445-8632 for the Patient Assistance Department.

Family Health is one of several Federally Qualified Health Centers located in Mobile County. The others include Franklin Primary Health Center, Mostellar Medical Center, and Accordia Health.

Prichard updates Sanitary Sewer Overflow report 1-27-24

January 27, 2024

Prichard updates Sanitary Sewer Overflow report

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has updated its report on Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that began on January 25. Heavy rains were the cause of the SSO’s.

The nearest manhole locations, estimated overflow, and receiving waters are listed below:

LocationEstimated GallonsReceiving Water
2497 Whistler St.159,525Gumtree Branch
218 Patricia Ave.357,000Gumtree Branch
N. Bessemer & Whistler11,270Gumtree Branch
830 Strauss Ave.71,900Toulmins Spring Branch
374 W. Highland St.82,506Toulmins Spring Branch
198 Wood St.52,225Chickasaw Creek

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of these overflows. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Gumtree Branch, Toulmins Spring Branch and Chickasaw Creek for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash their hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

Prichard reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains 1-26-24

January 26, 2024

Prichard reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has reported on Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that began on January 25. Some have ended while others were ongoing as of 3:30 p.m. Heavy rains are the cause of the SSO’s.

The nearest manhole locations, estimated overflow, and receiving waters are listed below:

LocationEstimated GallonsReceiving Water
2407 Whistler St.OngoingGumtree Branch
218 Patricia Ave.OngoingGumtree Branch
N. Bessemer & WhistlerOngoingGumtree Branch
830 Strauss Ave.71,900Toulmins Spring Branch
374 W. Highland St.8,250Toulmins Spring Branch
198 Wood St.52,225Chickasaw Creek

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of these overflows. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Gumtree Branch, Toulmins Spring Branch and Chickasaw Creek for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash their hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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