Food Inspections

Follow-up Instructions Generally, follow-up inspections are necessary within 10 days if an establishment has any critical violations or within 30 days if it has a total score below 85 without critical violations. Follow-up inspections can be conducted on the same visit, if the problem is something the restaurant staff can correct immediately. A food establishment can also require more than one follow-up inspection. Some violations may warrant immediate correction. In any case, if the tot...
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Food Inspections

Scores: What Do They Mean? Inspections involve a report containing 58 potential items of violation, each of which is assigned a point value based on how it can affect a person’s health. The point values range from one to five, with one being least severe and five being most severe. Most of the items on the inspection are weighted at one or two points and are characterized as “non-critical” violations. Others are considered a higher threat and are characterized as “critical” violations. ...
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Climate Change & Health

By: Rachel Chinn Climate Change & Public Health - How climate change is affecting public health There is scientific agreement that the global climate is changing. This year closes out what is expected to be the hottest decade ever recorded, according to a new report from the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization. A press release for the report claims that the past decade was one of "exceptional global heat," and states that 2019 is likely to be the "second or third war...
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Salmonella and Gravy

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Think everything is better with gravy? You may want to reconsider. Thanksgiving is coming up, and Yuletide is around the corner. Many community members will be attending dinners and potlucks to celebrate the holidays. Often marked by eating traditional foods like turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, figgy puddings, and roasts in celebration.  The number of food recalls this year has some people questioning the safety of our food supply and wondering if there is more we can do to ...
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What is the Smoke-Free Partnership?

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Two questions concerned citizens of Mason County Public Health should be able to answer are: 1) "Why is secondhand smoke a public health issue?" and 2) "What is the Smoke-Free Partnership?"  So, why is secondhand smoke a public health issue?  Nowadays most people believe and understand that preventing tobacco-use and helping tobacco users quit can improve their health and quality of life. Even so, people still have a right to smoke. The issue becomes one of public he...
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Fall Rabies Clinic

This September, the Buffalo Trace District Health Department is offering a Fall Rabies Clinic to protect your pet and your family against the fatal disease. With deer season nearly upon us, it is important to get your pet vaccinated as they are likely to have increased risk of exposure to the disease most commonly carried by wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. This disease is transmittable to humans who have been bitten, scratched, or have come into contact with saliva or n...
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Take Action 4 Better Health, Micro clinic Begins Next Month

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Health is contagious! Take Action 4 Better Health is a fun, free program that helps people make lasting lifestyle changes with the help of friends and family! This team-based program meets at the Buffalo Trace District Health Department once a week for four months. Get the tools you need to live a healthier life and make friends and win prizes along the way! For more information or to register, call 606-564-9447. Next Session Begins: SEPTEMBER 16 at 11:00 A.M.
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2018 Fitness & Wellness Classes

We will be offering four new, free fitness and wellness classes beginning in early 2018. All classes are open to adults in the community and will be offered at the Mason County Health Department. For more information or to register for any of the classes, call 606-564-9447. Strong Women: beginning Monday, January 8th and continuing every Monday and Wednesday at noon for 12 weeks. This class is approximately 30-minutes-long and teaches strength-training exercises to help maintain muscle...
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National Safe Toys & Gifts Month

December is National Safe Toys & Gifts Month!  When it comes to toys and gifts, the excitement of getting children their favorite toys may cause shoppers to forget that not every toy is safe for every child. The consequences of this can be serious; more than 250,000 children in the United States were sent to the emergency room last year because of toy-related injuries. The good news is that prevention is as simple as following a few safety guidelines! Tips on buying safe toys: ...
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