Our priority is the promotion of health, well-being, and a safe environment for all community members.  Our team provides plans and processes to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards in potential and actual health and medical situations that may affect Worcester County.

 

Program Description


The Emergency Preparedness team serves as the primary agency responsible for coordinating emergency support functions as they relate to the protection of public health, the provision of medical care, and the dissemination of public health information necessary to strengthen community response before, during and after a public health incident.

Services

  • Outreach.
  • Education.
  • Plan development guidance.

 

Avian Influenza:

Several publications are available to the public regarding avian influenza.

 

 


Partners:

  • The American Red Cross
  • Department of Maryland State Police
  • Atlantic General Hospital
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Maryland Office of Preparedness and Response
  • Regional health departments
  • Maryland Emergency Management Agency
  • Worcester County Agencies:
  • Worcester County Emergency Services
  • Worcester County Fire Marshall & HAZMAT
  • Worcester County Sheriff’s Office
  • Worcester County Board of Education,
  • Volunteer Services
  • Worcester County Public Works
  • Worcester County Environmental Programs
  • Worcester County Department of Social Services
  • Ocean City Emergency Services
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Local nursing homes
  • Local police agencies
  • Virginia Eastern Shore Health District
  • Delmarva Regional Healthcare Mutual Aid Group
  • Delmarva Influenza Task Force

Resources/links:

 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

The Out of the Darkness Suicide Awareness Walk. Movement of a quarter of a million people joined by local participants in Ocean City, MD.

Ocean City, MD − Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide can be prevented. Volunteers from Worcester County are joining the quarter of a million people who are walking in towns across the United States to draw attention to the fight for suicide prevention. The 8th annual Out of the Darkness Walk, hosted by the Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019. As in years past, walkers will gather at Caroline Street and the Boardwalk, with registration beginning at 9am. After opening remarks, the procession will walk to the Inlet, turn and walk to 5th Street, then back to Caroline Street.

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Worcester Health partners with Ocean City Fire Department on “Safe Station” project
Station offers 24/7 access to recovery services

Ocean City, MD- Where would you go if you needed help with addiction right now? The Worcester County Health Department, in partnership with the Town of Ocean City Fire Department, has launched a “Safe Station” in Ocean City at the 15th Street Fire Station for those seeking immediate help getting into recovery. The station is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for any individuals seeking treatment services.

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In the event of a storm or power outage, it is important to know safety information about food storage and operating generators. Follow the links below for tips about food and generator safety.

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(July 31, 2019 Snow Hill, MD) – The Worcester County Health Department received notification from the State of Maryland that a mosquito pool in the Whaleyville area of Worcester County recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is the first positive test for EEE in Worcester in 2019.

Arboviruses, such as the EEE virus, are most common during the summer and fall months. The viruses are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and spread to humans, birds, horses and other animals. Since mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter inch of water, eliminating standing water is critical for the control of mosquito populations. Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.

The Worcester and Wicomico County Health Department provides the following tips to help prevent contact with mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection with EEE or other mosquito borne illnesses:

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(Snow Hill, MD)- Worcester County Emergency Service officials urge residents to exercise extreme caution and check on elderly and infirm neighbors during the heatwave forecasted to last through Sunday. Heat indexes for the shore are expected to rise above 100 degrees this week and exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous for humans and animals, even deadly.

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