Please see the Sagadahoc County COVID-19 page for additional resources and important information.


The Sagadahoc County Board of Health is constituted as an official advisory board to the County Commissioners under applicable MRSA provisions and subject to all applicable rules and regulations governing official boards and committees. The Board will receive staff support from the Director of the Sagadahoc Emergency Management Agency and an officially appointed County Health Officer. 

We envision a caring and compassionate community where all members are encouraged and supported to lead healthy and happy lives. Our inclusive community assures economic security, a safe environment, and healthy choices for all. All members of our community have access to quality, affordable, mental, oral, and physical health care that focuses on prevention.

The Sagadahoc County Board of Health is currently seeking qualified individuals for the following positions:
County Public Health Officer
Assisted Living
Animal Health/Veterinarian 
 


COVID-19
Protect Yourself and Others! The Best Way to Prevent Illness is to Avoid Being Exposed to this Virus. Everyone Should: Wash their hands frequently, in the words of Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah ,"Wash your hands. It’s not just casual handwashing. It’s washing with intensity. The best way I’ve seen this described was to wash your hands as if you have just sliced a bag of jalapeno peppers and now need to take out your contact lenses. … That’s what we know will generate enough mechanical friction to wash the virus away." Avoid Close Contact, avoid close contact with those who are sick and practice Social Distancing as much as you can by stay 6ft away from other. Stay at home as much as possible and when you do leave the C.D.C. recommends wearing a fabric mask. These steps are especially important for those who are considered to be at higher risk. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others, studies have found that you are able to spread the virus even when not feeling any symptoms. The face covers are to protect other people in case you are not showing symptoms but still carrying the virus. These covers ARE NOT a replacement for Social Distancing. Cover Coughs and Sneezes, while this recommendation is not specific to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is especially to practice proper hygiene such as coughing or sneezing into your elbow as well as frequently washing your hands.  

Spring Health Hazards!

Browntail Moth Caterpillar
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These dangerous little caterpillars are an invasive species new to the Maine Coast and south. They have small hairs that are poisonous to people and possibly animals, causing a poison ivy like rash on exposed skin and can cause respiratory distress when inhaled. The caterpillars emerge from nests in trees in late-April and are active through July, however even hair from dead caterpillars can cause a reaction. See the Maine CDC Factsheet on Browntail Moth Caterpillars for more health and safety information and FAQ's! 

Ticks in Maine
Did you know that there are 16 types of ticks in Maine? Gross, we know. If you or your pet is spending anytime in the woods and fields of Maine make sure to conduct a thorough tick check. Ticks can transmit serious illnesses the most common of which is Lyme Disease.
 
Some helpful tips from Maine Medical Center's research Institute:
 - Tuck your pant legs into your socks and your shirt into your pants when walking in woods, brush, or tall grass.
 - Wear light-colored clothing so ticks may be seen more easily.
 - Use an effective repellent such as DEET or picaradin according to label directions —particularly on shoes, socks, and pant legs. Avoid   - applying high-concentration products to the skin, especially on children.
 - People who must be in areas where ticks are prevalent may pre-treat clothing with a permethrin-containing product which both       -  repels and kills ticks. Use only as directed on the label.
 - To protect pets, consult your veterinarian about tick repellents, acaricides and Lyme vaccines for dogs.
 - Inspect yourself, your clothing, your children, your companion, and your pets for ticks when you get in from the field. Ticks often     attach in body folds, behind ears and in the hair. Showering removes unattached ticks, and heating in a clothes dryer is effective in   killing ticks.