Prichard reports two Sanitary Sewer Overflows

January 21, 2022

Prichard reports two Sanitary Sewer Overflows

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer has reported on two Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that occurred on January 20. Both were the result of heavy rainfall combined with inflow and localized flooding.

One SSO took place at the intersection of Wood Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. An estimated 12,000 gallons of overflow reached Chickasaw Creek.

Another SSO took place at the intersection of Chin Street and Butts Street. The estimated overflow of 120,000 gallons reached Three Mile Creek.

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, 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 Chickasaw Creek and Three Mile Creek for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

Wintry weather to affect MCHD operating hours

January 20, 2022

Wintry weather to affect MCHD operating hours

MOBILE, Ala. — The National Weather Service office in Mobile has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for late Thursday night and Friday morning. As a result, the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) will alter its hours of operation.

The forecast calls for a wintry mix of freezing rain and ice pellets, with a trend leaning more toward a freezing rain event. Light accumulations are currently expected. Ice-covered roads and bridges may make travel difficult.

As a result, Mobile County Health Officer Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II has announced that MCHD and Family Health – its primary care division – will delay its opening because of the freezing temperatures and rain that might cause icy road conditions.

On Friday, all MCHD and Family Health locations will open at 11 a.m.

MCHD’s COVID-19 Response Team will open its Festival Centre location on Friday at noon.

For additional updates, please follow MCHD’s social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

MCHD’s Festival Centre COVID-19 site out of test kits

January 19, 2022

MCHD’s Festival Centre COVID-19 site out of test kits

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department’s COVID-19 Response Team is announcing that it has exhausted community COVID-19 testing capabilities at its Festival Center location. No information is available on when more testing kits will be available.

“We are excited that the Federal Self Testing Program is now available to the community,” said Dr. Stephanie Woods-Crawford, the Executive Director for MCHD’s Prevention & Wellness division. Individuals can request testing kits through the mail at this website — https://www.covidtests.gov.

The federal government provides a list of community-based testing sites at https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html. The Alabama Department of Public Health also provides a list of testing sites at https://dph1.adph.state.al.us/covid-19. There are 18 testing sites available in Mobile County.

COVID-19 vaccine is still available at the Festival Centre. Clients may select from either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

The Festival Centre is at the corner of Airport Boulevard and Montlimar Avenue in West Mobile. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A few simple steps can greatly reduce your chances of being exposed and exposing others to COVID-19, the illness caused by SARS-CoV-2. Everyone should:

• Practice good hygiene: cover coughs and sneezes, don’t touch your face, and wash hands often,
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home,
• Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others not in your household,
• Use face masks when in public,
• Clean and disinfect frequently used items and touched surfaces often,
• Consider the COVID-19 vaccine.

For the latest information, visit www.MCHDcares.com or call 251-410-MCHD (6243).

Medical services return to Dauphin Island Parkway Health Center

January 19, 2022

Medical services return to Dauphin Island Parkway Health Center

MOBILE, Ala. — Family Health, the primary care division of the Mobile County Health Department, has reopened its Dauphin Island Parkway Health Center at 2601 Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile. The facility had been temporarily closed in order to reassign staff to other Family Health locations.

Medical services are now available at all Family Health locations. To find the facility closest to you, please visit the following website — https://mchd.org/family-health/#locations.

To make an appointment for medical or dental services, you may call 251-690-8889.

MCHD’s COVID-19 Response Team is still not participating in outreach events. Efforts have been focused on providing vaccinations and testing at the Festival Centre location (Suite 101-A) at the corner of Airport Boulevard and Montlimar Avenue in Mobile.

The hours at the Festival Centre for Monday through Friday are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both services remain available on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For the latest information on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing, please visit www.MCHDcares.com or call 251-410-MCHD (6243).

Mobile County Board of Health elects officers for 2022

January 19, 2022

Mobile County Board of Health elects officers for 2022

MOBILE, Alabama — The Mobile County Board of Health elected its officers for 2022 during its monthly meeting this week, according to Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County.

Dr. Desiree A. Soter-Pearsall will serve as chairman of the Board of Health. Taking on the role of secretary is Dr. Michael L. Sternberg, who is also the newest member.

Returning members include Dr. Michael W. Meshad, Dr. Joseph Ewing Bornstein, Dr. Stacey W. Wing, and Dr. Michael C. Chang, along with Mobile County Commission President Merceria L. Ludgood.

Dr. Meshad served as chairman of the Board in 2021. During the meeting, Dr. Eichold recognized him for the fine work he did and gave Dr. Meshad a plaque in appreciation.

Dr. C.M.A. “Max” Rogers IV has rotated off as a member of the Board of Health. During the meeting, Dr. Rogers was also given a plaque in appreciation for his time on the Board.

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.

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