Veggies and fruits increase provides more nutritional access to WIC families

June 1, 2021

Veggies and fruits increase provides more nutritional access to WIC families

MOBILE, Ala. — The American Rescue Plan Act has authorized Women, Infants & Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition state agencies to enhance the WIC benefit for a period of four months, expanding the vegetable and fruit voucher from $9 per month for children and $11 per month for women to $35 per month per participant.

WIC’s vegetable and fruit voucher – known as the Cash Value Benefit (CVB) – was first introduced in 2007 as part of a decades-long effort by the National WIC Association (NWA) to increase the nutritional quality of WIC-approved foods. The CVB is credited with improving the dietary quality of WIC participants and reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity among WIC toddlers.

The Mobile County Health Department WIC program will be implementing the CVB increase beginning June 1 until September 30.

Mobile County residents can find out if they are eligible for WIC by going to signupwic.com.

“With far too many families struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic to afford the healthy foods that help grow healthy children, this temporary boost to the WIC benefit is an investment in our nation’s future,” said Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of the National WIC Association. “Increased access to vegetables and fruits is a critical step toward ensuring that children have access to vital nutrients, curbing childhood obesity rates while strengthening our local farm economies. In communities across the country, WIC is ready to help as parents continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis.”

COVID-19 testing at Newburn Health Center

In an effort to better serve our community, the Mobile County Health Department’s (MCHD) COVID-19 Response Team is expanding its services at the Newburn Health Center.

Along with offering vaccine, the staff is also providing walk-in rapid testing weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Newburn Health Center is located at 248 Cox Street in Midtown Mobile, across from USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. The facility is at the intersection of Saint Stephens Road. Testing is free to all ages. Results are provided within 15 to 30 minutes while you wait. No appointments are necessary.

The COVID-19 Response Team has already been offering first-dose and second-dose vaccine clinics at its Newburn Health Center. As with all MCHD COVID-19 events, this will follow a first-come, first-served format. No appointments will be taken.

Those coming for their second-dose booster shot should bring the CDC vaccination card that was presented to them after their primary shot. If you no longer have the card, please be prepared to wait for the MCHD staff to retrieve your information from the statewide vaccination system.

At this time, first-dose and the second-dose vaccine will be offered on this schedule: • On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the staff will have the Pfizer mRNA vaccine from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Newburn. This vaccine is authorized for those 16 years and older. • On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the staff will have the Moderna mRNA vaccine from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Newburn. This vaccine is authorized for those 18 years and older.

For those wishing to make an appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine, MCHD is now offering firstdose and second-dose Moderna vaccinations at several of its Family Health locations conveniently located throughout Mobile County. To secure a time to receive the shot, please call 251-690-8889.

Dauphin Island reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

May 14, 2021

Dauphin Island reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Dauphin Island Water, Sewer and Fire Protection Authority responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on May 13. Officials say the cause started with heavy rains from the weekend leaving the ground saturated. This was followed by an overnight power failure to the entire western end of Dauphin Island. This led to the failure of one of the power phases. An overflow occurred at the 2600 block of Bridgeview Drive. An estimated 250 gallons got into the Mississippi Sound. 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 this overflow. 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 the Mississippi Sound for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

May 13, 2021

Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer responded to numerous Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) caused by heavy rains on May 12 and May 13. The nearest manhole locations, estimated amounts and receiving waters are listed below:

Location  Estimated Gallons  Receiving Water 
351 W. Highland Ave. more than 1,000/less than 10,000 Gum Tree Branch
2408 Whistler Ave. more than 100,000/less than 250,000 Gum Tree Branch
211 Patricia Ave. more than 250,000/less than 500,000 Gum Tree Branch
Prichard Ave. @ Newsome more than 25,000/less than 50,000 Toulmins Spring
St. 705 Sample St. more than 100,000/less than 250,000 Branch Toulmins
823 College St. more than 250,000/less than 500,000 Spring Branch

An overflow at the intersection of Chin Street and Butts Street was still occurring as of 10 a.m.

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 Gum Tree 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 hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

May 12, 2021
Sanitary Sewer Overflows reported by MAWSS because of heavy rains

MOBILE, Alabama — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) experienced multiple Sanitary Sewer Overflows as a result of heavy rain and flooding on May 12. Sewer overflows occur when heavy rain infiltrate aging sewer lines. MAWSS is addressing overflows with capital projects.

Below are the locations, estimated amounts and receiving waters. Overflows have stopped at this time.

Location Estimated Gallons Receiving Water
202 Morgan Ave. 1,875 Eslava Creek
175 Westwood St. 1,900 Eslava Creek
208 Westwood St. 2,700 Eslava Creek
766 Johnston Ave. 3,700 Eslava Creek
1050 Lubel Ave. 7,050 Three Mile Creek
4519 Cypress Business Park Dr. (2) 8,545 Contained

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for the Mobile County Health Department, advises area residents to take precautions when encountering any standing water that may have accumulated because 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 Eslava 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.

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