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.
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. reccommends 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 reccomendation is not specific to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is especially to practice proper hygeine such as coughing or sneezing into your elbow as well as frequently washing your hands.
August Health Observances!
The increase in life expectancy during the 20th century is largely due to improvements in child survival; this increase is associated with reductions in infectious disease mortality, due largely to immunization. However, infectious diseases remain a major cause of illness, disability, and death. Immunization recommendations in the United States currently target 17 vaccine-preventable diseases across the lifespan. Immunizations (also called shots or vaccines) help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Immunization isn’t just for kids. To stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia, adults need to get vaccinated too.