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Be your own advocate during Diabetes Awareness Month

News

Nov. 30, 2022 - When Emily Smaniotto was just 9 years old, she received a diagnosis that would alter the course of her life and career. Suddenly, Emily had to adjust to a child...

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Monongalia County Health Department Board Meeting Notice

Alert

Nov. 29, 2022 - Monongalia County Board of Health Meeting, 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, MCHD Training Room or via Zoom. See agenda. To receive a Zoom invitation for this mee...

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Stuff the turkey, not your face: It's GERD Awareness Week

News

Nov. 23, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside Is it a coincidence that GERD Awareness Week encompasses Thanksgiving, what for many people is the biggest holiday invitation to pig ou...

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Healthy Smiles Day: Free dental checkups to adults with no dental insurance

Press Release

Nov. 17, 2022 - Contacts: Mary Wade Burnside Public Information Officer Monongalia County Health Department Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 598-5152 | www.monchd.org MaryWade.Bur...

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It's the Great American Smokeout!

News

Nov. 17, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside When my dad quit smoking, he put the “cold” in cold turkey. After smoking for about 25 years, he got an upper respiratory virus and put d...

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MCHD Dentistry is the BOM!

Dentistry

Nov. 9, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside At MCHD Dentistry, we like to think we’re the best in Morgantown. After all, we’ve got a lot going on. We’ve grown so much recently aft...

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It's National Brush Day for a reason!

Dentistry

Nov. 1, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside We hope everyone enjoyed Halloween. And we know that indulging in sweets is one of the more prominent aspects of the celebration. At Mo...

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RSV, COVID and flu pose potential threat this fall

Alert

Oct. 28, 2022 - West Virginia is facing a possible "tridemic" this fall as COVID, flu and RSV are expected to hit their peak. Hospitals and emergency services may be overwhel...

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Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 is Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Threat Preparedness

Oct. 27, 2022 - By Katie Minor This Saturday, Oct. 29, several locations around the county will be designated as National Prescription Drug Take Back Day sites. Law enforcemen...

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National Dental Hygiene Month doesn't have to be spooky

Dentistry

Oct. 26, 2022 - By Katie Minor October is the height of spooky season – Halloween is coming up and the decorations are coming out. And even if you are too old to go trick or t...

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Now is a great time to get a flu shot

Clinical Services

Oct. 12, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside It might be easy to forget about your flu vaccine this year. After all, while we’ve obviously been dealing with a viral pandemic for the ...

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Katie Couric's breast cancer diagnosis reminds us to remain vigilant

Clinical Services

Oct. 5, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside Last week, reporter Katie Couric announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in June and that she had just completed her las...

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Family wants to raise awareness of sickle cell anemia

Clinical Services

Sep. 28, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside When Marcel Robinson was a baby, his fingers swelled up and he would cry all night long. His doctor said he had juvenile arthritis. His m...

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Mountaineer Preparedness Weekend set to challenge local Scouts

Press Release

Sep. 22, 2022 - Contacts: Mary Wade Burnside Public Information Officer Monongalia County Health Department Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 598-5152 | www.monchd.org MaryWade.B...

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When disaster strikes Appalachia, preparedness can save lives

Threat Preparedness

Sep. 21, 2022 - By Katie Minor Just last month, our neighbors in Kentucky suffered devastating losses due to flooding. At least 37 people have died and whole communities have...

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Back to school means vaccines for everyone

Clinical Services

Sep. 17, 2022 - By Katie Minor It’s almost fall and Morgantown roads are packed with traffic, which can only mean one thing: The students are back. For those of us who stick ...

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Disasters don't plan, but you can

Threat Preparedness

Sep. 14, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside Three years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, September’s National Preparedness Month was established by t...

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Free Naloxone Day is almost here! Learn more about it

Threat Preparedness

Sep. 7, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside At last spring’s Save a Life Day, which provided free naloxone and training to community members at several stations, Tory Watring had th...

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Media is invited to cover Free Naloxone Day in Monongalia County

Press Release

Sep. 2, 2022 - Contact: Mary Wade Burnside Public Information Officer Monongalia County Health Department Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 598-5152 | www.monchd.org MaryWade.Burn...

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MCHD WIC helps mothers with breastfeeding year-round

WIC

Aug. 31, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside As we get ready to say goodbye to August, we’re recognizing National Breastfeeding Month. Helping mothers nourish their children is the c...

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MCHD WIC book vending machine “helps us access books we wouldn’t have known about otherwise”

Press Release

Aug. 31, 2022 - Contact: Mary Wade Burnside Public Information Officer Monongalia County Health Department Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 598-5152 | www.monchd.org MaryWade.Burn...

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Mon Co. QRT joins 54 other counties for Free Naloxone Day in nine locations

Press Release

Aug. 30, 2022 - Contact: Mary Wade Burnside Public Information Officer Monongalia County Health Department Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 598-5152 | www.monchd.org MaryWade.Bu...

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Vaccines for adults: You know the illness is worse then the shot!

Clinical Services

Aug. 28, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside When I started working at Monongalia County Health Department a couple of years ago, I needed to make sure I was up to date on certain va...

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Rabies vaccine baits are safe, but keep an eye out for them

Environmental Health

Aug. 24, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside In 2019, Monongalia County had 20 reported cases of rabies, the viral illness that is always fatal in mammals. The final case occurred o...

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Monongalia County Health Department offering monkeypox vaccines

Press Release

Aug. 24, 2022 - Contact: Mary Wade Burnside Public Information Officer Monongalia County Health Department Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 598-5152 | www.monchd.org MaryWade.Bu...

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Watch out for rabies vaccine baits!

Environmental Health

Aug. 10, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside ​Monongalia County residents, especially those with pets that spend time outdoors, should be on the lookout for rabies vaccine baits that...

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Pet owners should be on the lookout for rabies vaccine baits in Mon County

Press Release

Aug. 5, 2022 - Contact: Mary Wade Burnside Public Information Officer Monongalia County Health Department Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 598-5152 | www.monchd.org MaryWade.Bu...

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For a healthier state and a healthier you, quit smoking and vaping

Dentistry

Aug. 3, 2022 - By Katie Minor When I was in elementary school in the early 2000’s, anti-smoking ads were a big thing. With all the horror stories and presentations we got abo...

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It's easier than you think to protect yourself against hepatitis

Clinical Services

Jul. 28, 2022 - By Katie Minor Did you know that every time you wash your hands, you are strengthening your protection against viral illnesses like hepatitis A? It doesn’t ta...

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Monongalia County Health Department has birth control covered

Clinical Services

Jul. 20, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside  Monongalia County Health Department takes our commitment of serving the public seriously.  Take MCHD Clinical Services. In addition to ...

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Make sure to put "vaccines" on your back-to-school list

Clinical Services

Jul. 13, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside Swimming and playing in the sun are great summer activities. So is getting a head start on back-to-school vaccines. Returning to school...

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Beat the heat by protecting yourself from UV rays

Environmental Health

Jul. 8, 2022 - By Katie Minor ​It’s summer and we can all feel the heat! This is the best time of year to get out and experience the beauty our county has to offer, so you wa...

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Don't let accidents skyrocket this Fourth of July

Announcement

Jun. 30, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside The Fourth of July weekend is a time to gather together, play, grill out, have fun and watch fireworks. For many, it’s a highlight of sum...

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Taking an HIV test is taking care of you

Clinical Services

Jun. 22, 2022 - By Katie Minor Ever taken a day off of work to enjoy the nice weather or blown off plans with friends to stay home and have a glass of wine? You’re not being a...

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Be careful. It's hot out there!

Environmental Health

Jun. 15, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside A few years ago, I was involved in a litter cleanup project in my neighborhood. I ended up walking up and down an embankment on the rail-...

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Monongalia County sees yes, an uptick in ticks... and Lyme disease

Environmental Health

Jun. 9, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside Morgantown is surrounded by and full of great walking and hiking trails. Core Arboretum is an easy drive for many residents; Coopers Rock...

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Don't leave your mark on the pool this summer

Environmental Health

Jun. 1, 2022 - By Katie Minor When I was a lifeguard in high school, I spent way less time rescuing people than you might think. Still, it was our job to keep everyone safe, ...

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Slather on the sunscreen and bug spray and have fun this summer

Environmental Health

May. 25, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside It’s another month until it’s officially summer, but with temperatures reaching the 90s this weekend and swimming pools opening soon, it’...

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Every month should be Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Environmental Health

May. 21, 2022 - By Katie Minor​ My very first job was as a lifeguard in high school. Most of my time was going to be spent lounging in the sun or cooling off in the pool, and ...

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MCHD's International Travel Clinic can help you get ready for your big trip

Clinical Services

May. 19, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside In July, Preston County resident Amanda Wolfe will be traveling to South Africa to participate in a veterinary internship at a conservati...

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Learn the A-B-Cs (and D and Es) of skin care

Environmental Health

May. 18, 2022 - Katie Minor My very first job was as a lifeguard in high school. Most of my time was going to be spent lounging in the sun or cooling off in the pool, and I wa...

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Let's get vaxxed to normal as more COVID vaccine opportunities arise

Clinical Services

May. 12, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside To hear it described by Dr. Sally Goza, former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, one-third of the country’s parents of 12-...

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Everyone should be on their guard against rabies

Environmental Health

May. 11, 2022 - By Katie Minor Earlier this spring, a reporter was leaving the grounds of the U.S. Capitol when she felt a sharp pain on her left ankle. When she turned around...

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Be aware of excessive alcohol consumption, especially during the pandemic

Threat Preparedness

May. 4, 2022 - By Cameron Archer Two months ago today, a Bowling Green State University student in Ohio was forced to drink 40 shots of liquor in a hazing incident. Fraternit...

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Michael McCawley of MUSHROOM, brings his knowledge to Mon Co. QRT

Threat Preparedness

May. 4, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside On a windy early spring day, a group of nursing and public health students, along with members of the Monongalia County Quick Response Te...

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Michael McCawley of MUSHROOM, brings his knowledge to Mon Co. QRT

Press Release

Apr. 27, 2022 - Contact: Mary Wade Burnside Public Information Officer Monongalia County Health Department Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 598-5152 | www.monchd.org MaryWade.Bu...

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Celebrate public health in April... and every month!

News

Apr. 27, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside Earlier this month, we celebrated National Public Health Week. It’s always been a time to showcase the importance of public health, the v...

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Childhood immunization: The best way to protect your little one

Clinical Services

Apr. 20, 2022 - By Katie Minor Being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. From staying home with a sick child to keeping up with chaotic sports schedules, ...

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Learn how to use naloxone during Save a Life Day on Saturday, May 7

Press Release

Apr. 18, 2022 - Contact: Mary Wade Burnside Public Information Officer Monongalia County Health Department Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 598-5152 | www.monchd.org MaryWade.Bu...

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Save the date! Mon Co. QRT holds another Save a Life Day

Threat Preparedness

Apr. 14, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside Last September, members of the Monongalia County Quick Response Team (QRT), along with dozens of volunteers, handed out more than 1,400 d...

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At MCHD, we are very sensitive to our patients

Clinical Services

Apr. 6, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside At MCHD Clinical Services, our public health nurses start to see it happening in late summer and early fall. Young patients, often fresh ...

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Five common myths about substance use disorder

Threat Preparedness

Mar. 23, 2022 - By Katie Minor Drugs and alcohol have long been a part of our culture, and while we have often heard the message “just say no,” these recreational substances a...

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Eat, sleep, walk: March offers expanded health options

WIC

Mar. 17, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside The days are getting longer and the price of produce has been dropping. Spring is almost here. March is also National Nutrition Month, a...

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Follow these tips to help you get more zzzzzz's

Clinical Services

Mar. 16, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside It’s not a coincidence that Sleep Awareness Week started on Sunday, the same day as when we spring forward an hour for Daylight Savings T...

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Poison Prevention Week is a great time to do some serious spring cleaning

Environmental Health

Mar. 9, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside Spring is almost here and that means many people turn to thoroughly cleaning their homes. But even if you don’t have any sweeping home ma...

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All the public health news you can use

Announcement

Mar. 2, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside Where else can you watch locally-made videos on topics ranging from how to administer naloxone, what “dragging for ticks” means and if yo...

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We've got you covered during National Condom Week!

Clinical Services

Feb. 16, 2022 - By Katie Minor ​We hope you had a great Valentine’s Day. Do you have a Valentine? If you don’t, that’s okay — in fact, it might even be a good thing. You don’...

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We had a great time at this year's Give Kids a Smile!

Dentistry

Feb. 8, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside If it’s the first Friday in February and snowing (or sleeting or both), it must be Give Kids a Smile! at Monongalia County Health Departm...

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As omicron cases decline, MCHD reduces COVID isolation guidance

Press Release

Feb. 7, 2022 - Contact: Mary Wade Burnside Public Information Officer Monongalia County Health Department Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 598-5152 | www.monchd.org MaryWade.Bu...

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About 40 children brave the weather for MCHD Dentistry’s Give Kids a Smile!

Press Release

Feb. 4, 2022 - Contact: Mary Wade Burnside Public Information Officer Monongalia County Health Department Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 598-5152 | www.monchd.org MaryWade.Bu...

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Let's not continue January COVID-19 spike into February

Clinical Services

Feb. 2, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside The number of people I know who have gotten COVID literally tripled — at least — in the month of January since the pandemic began in Marc...

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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month starts with HPV prevention

Clinical Services

Jan. 25, 2022 - By Katie Minor There are plenty of things we have given up during the course of this pandemic. We’ve opted to eat in instead of dine out, order online rather t...

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I'm vaxxed to the max & I mask up. Luckily, my COVID case wasn't too bad

Clinical Services

Jan. 19, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside The omicron variant of COVID-19 is no joke. Cases are skyrocketing. Omicron is very infectious and individuals who take all recommended p...

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Be a winter winner by winterizing your car and home

Environmental Health

Jan. 12, 2022 - By Katie Minor Winter arrived late to West Virginia, but last week’s snowstorm finally illustrated why it’s a good idea to be prepared for colder weather, bad ...

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Do you live in a Radon Zone? It's easy to find out and address

Environmental Health

Jan. 5, 2022 - By Mary Wade Burnside ​Happy New Year! Do you have any resolutions to keep? Here’s an easy one. Get your home tested for radon. January is National Radon Acti...

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