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- 03 Jul
The McHenry County Department of Health has closed Veterans Park Island beach in Island Lake, Illinois
- 02 Jul
Back on track now......Party planning for the 4th of July should include more than a menu and invited guests. Forgetting about food safety can be a recipe for disaster. One in 6 Americans will get food poisoning this year. Get a metal-stemmed thermometer to check grilled meats. Use a separate plate for raw and cooked meats too. Keep hot things hot; cold things cold. Wash hands with soap/water before and after handling foods. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of serving time. Have a wonderful holiday!! More tips http://www.foodsafety.gov/
- 23 Jun
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The 25th annual McHenry County Children's Health & Safety Fair is coming July 29, 9am-4pm, at McHenry County College, Crystal Lake. Make your appointment now for school physicals (779-220-9300). Offering reduced cost immunizations as well as dental exams. Come for the interactive exhibitor booths, door prizes and entertainment. See you there. Share the flyer!
- 19 Jun
In recognition of National HIV Testing Day (June 27) http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HIVtesting/index.html, we are offering free HIV testing by appointment during the week of June 22-26. It is recommended that everyone receive at least one lifetime HIV test. Those at higher risk should be tested more regularly (men who have sex with men, IV drug users, those with multiple sex partners). We also offer comprehensive STD testing. At risk include women under 25 years old, those who have unprotected sex with new/multiple partners, those with a partner who recently tested positive for an STD. Call for appointment or info 815-334-4500.
- 19 Jun
Three area beaches have been closed for elevated bacteria levels (you can blame the rain for this). Crystal Lake (Lake Park Beach), Island Lake (Veterans Park Island) and Lake in the Hills (Indian Trails Woods). We are retesting these beaches today with results posted tomorrow. Water temps are about mid-70's right now. Click our webpage for the latest!
- 15 Jun
When the rain FINALLY ends (soon?), don't forget to empty those outdoor planters, containers, trays, wagons, plastic wading pools and bird baths to reduce the risk of breeding floodwater mosquitoes (typically called nuisance mosquitoes). These are not the ones that carry West Nile virus as that risk increases when the weather is hot and dry but that day is coming too. Three Illinois counties have reported West Nile virus activity so far. Get the facts! http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/resources/pdfs/wnvFactsheet_508.pdf