County Health Department joins downtown partnerships to provide essential care services

The Washington County Health Department recently joined several downtown partnerships to expand essential health care services primarily in Hagerstown. Every second Tuesday each month, teams from the health department will offer HIV, Hep C and syphilis education and testing at the Community Care Network of Washington County’s event from 4-7[Read More…]

Give the gift of health this Valentine’s Day

by Kate Evans Tired of buying the same Valentine’s Day gifts for your special someone? Maybe you could give them the gift of true love by giving them the gift of health, said Stacy Schultz, War Memorial Health registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. People spend a couple hundred dollars[Read More…]

Take strides to have a happy, healthy New Year

by Kate Evans Included in everyone’s New Year’s resolutions are usually renewed efforts for losing weight, exercising more and getting healthier. The steps to achieve these goals haven’t changed much over the years, but people revisit their strategy as the New Year starts, with its promise of new beginnings. The[Read More…]

Late summer shows COVID rise & new variants

by Kate Evans Several new COVID variants have emerged that are vying for predominance in a late summer COVID surge that has brought new cases of the disease and a rise in hospitalizations across the country. Cases of COVID had declined earlier this year. Deaths and hospitalizations from COVID have[Read More…]

Locally acquired case of malaria pops up in Maryland

by Kate Evans The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with three state health departments to investigate nine cases of locally acquired malaria. Seven cases occurred in Sarasota County, Florida, one in Cameron County, Texas, and one case of locally acquired malaria in a Maryland resident who lives[Read More…]

Suicide warning signs

by Kate Evans The National Suicide and Crisis helpline and other prevention resources list these following behaviors as possible warning signs that someone is at risk for suicide. The suicide risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems linked to a painful life[Read More…]

Suicide continues to be a leading public health issue

by Kate Evans Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States and was responsible for almost 46,000 deaths in 2020. The COVID pandemic has increased suicide risk factors such as social isolation and barriers to physical and mental health care. Mental health experts have said those risk[Read More…]