Citizens urged to exercise caution from overflows caused by tropical system

June 18, 2021 

Citizens urged to exercise caution from overflows caused by tropical system

MOBILE, Ala. — Increased rainfall, flood waters, and higher than normal tides will likely take place because of circumstances relating to Potential Tropical Cyclone 3. This could result in contaminants from various sources entering streams, creeks, rivers, and eventually bay waters.

These waters may contain fecal contamination from Sanitary Sewer Overflows as well as other contaminates from a variety of sources. Sewer systems in Mobile County may well experience excessive Sanitary Sewer Overflows because of power outages and inundation of the sanitary sewers by overwhelming volumes of storm water.

“The Mobile County Health Department urges citizens to use caution when using these affected areas for swimming or recreational activities,” said Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer of Mobile County.

Although skin contact with floodwaters does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, there is some risk of disease from eating or drinking anything contaminated with floodwater. If an individual has open cuts or sores that will be exposed to flood water, keep them as clean as possible by washing well with soap to control infection.

Whether there is a flood or not, anyone who gets a wound and has not had a tetanus shot within the past 10 years should get one. If a wound develops redness, swelling or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.

Also, any seafood caught from these waters should be thoroughly cooked prior to consumption. After handling seafood, thoroughly wash hands with soap and water.

Make preparations in advance of tropical weather system

June 18, 2021

Make preparations in advance of tropical weather system

MOBILE, Ala. — As tropical weather approaches Mobile County within the next 24 hours, the Mobile County Health Department recommends persons with medical needs to activate their personal plan as soon as possible.

Stay with family or friends outside the threat area. This is especially important for persons who are dependent on electricity. You should also take a 5- to 7-day supply of medications with you.

If you elect to shelter at home, be sure to have flashlights, water, and adequate food. Do not shelter in flood-prone areas or in mobile home-type structures.

Please monitor the health department’s Facebook page (IloveMCHD) for updates throughout the storm, as well as local media outlets, the National Weather Service, and the Mobile County Emergency Management Agency (https://www.facebook.com/MobileCountyEMA).

For additional tips on being prepared for a foul weather events, please visit https://www.ready.gov/ and www.alabamapublichealth.gov/get10.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

June 16, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on June 14 at 9070 Moffett Road.

Approximately 240 gallons of wastewater overflowed as a result of a lift station failure. All of the sewer was contained and ground absorbed. None reached state waters.

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.

MCHD providing vaccine to cargo crews entering Port of Mobile

June 16, 2021

MCHD providing vaccine to cargo crews entering Port of Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. — In March of this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the COVID-19 pandemic had triggered devastating consequences for not only human life but also the global economy. Maritime and air transport are two essential activities that underpin global trade and mobility and are key to a sustainable socio-economic recovery.

The Mobile County Health Department’s COVID-19 Response Team has responded to this challenge by providing the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine to crews on cargo ships entering the Port of Mobile.

“The Port of Mobile is a very important economic engine in our community,” said Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County. “It provides many jobs and directly connects Alabama with international commerce. As ships go from port to port around the world, their crews need to be protected from contagious diseases.

“The Mobile County Health Department is honored to provide COVID vaccine to the workers as supplies allow. This helps protect the industry, the essential employees, assists in preventing transmission of COVID from country to country, and thus make our community and Alabama healthier for everyone.”

The WHO says that more than 80 percent of global trade by volume is moved by maritime transport. The global economy depends on the world’s 2 million seafarers who operate the global fleet of merchant ships.

Seafarers have been severely impacted by the travel restrictions imposed during the pandemic. Back in January, it was estimated that some 400,000 seafarers were stranded onboard commercial vessels, long past the expiry of their contracts, and unable to be repatriated. A similar number of seafarers urgently needed to join ships to replace them.

The first vessel to receive the vaccine in Mobile was called the “City of Hamburg.” It is a roll-on/roll-off (RORO) cargo ship designed to carry wheeled cargo — such as cars and trucks — that are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels or using a platform vehicle.

The 16 members of its crew got their shots on May 17. They told the MCHD staff how thrilled they were to be vaccinated. Because of quarantine restrictions in Europe, much of the crew had not been allowed to visit their homes in more than a year.

As of today, the total number of crew members who have been vaccinated is 277. They have come from 14 different vessels. The majority of crew members are from France, India, the Philippines, Ukraine, Romania, and Russia.

The MCHD COVID-19 response team would like to thank local organizations that have assisted with this project. This includes International Ministries of the Mobile Baptist Association and Catholic Maritime Ministry; U.S. Maritime Security; and Norton Lilly International.

Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

June 15, 2021

Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer experienced a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) on June 15. This occurred because of an electrical issue that has been repaired.

The overflow was at the intersection of Martha Avenue and Old Citronelle Highway. The volume lost was 200 gallons, which did not reach a body of water. The area has been cleaned and disinfected.

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.

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