Health

Health Department

The Health Department oversees many aspects of Public Health in Long Valley. Several of the areas of interest and responsibility for the Health Department may surprise the public. Please select a subject from the list below, for additional information.

Disease

Zika Virus

Zika Virus spreads to people mainly through the bite of 2 species of Mosquitos, the Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus. Most people have not gotten sick with Zika Virus. Some people do not even know they are infected. The greatest risk for Complications from Zika is to a pregnant woman’s fetus. Pregnant women should avoid traveling to Zika infected areas. If they need to travel they should check with their healthcare provider for travel guidance. Below are websites with important information on Zika and other mosquito borne illnesses:

The Morris County Division of Mosquito Control, www.morrismosquito.org, 

Click here for more information about Zika Basics

Click here for more information about Family Vacations and Zika

Click here for more information about Pregnancy, Zika, and Travel. 

Click here for more information about Zika and Sex. 

Rabies

Preventative Health Measures

Blood Pressure Screening

If you would like your blood pressure taken by the public health nurse, free of charge, she is available the 4th Thursday of every month.  Please call for an appointment. 908-876-3650.

Blood pressure screenings are also given at the Washington Township Senior Center, located in Rock Spring Park on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM.

Vital Statistics

Water

  • Water Testing
  • Corrisive Water
  • Certificate of Potability
  • Septic Systems

Retail Food Program

The health department’s retail food surveillance program incorporates inspections as well as education and enforcement for ensuring safe food handling practices. All food and drinking establishments are licensed and inspected annually or more frequently if required. Reports of foodborne illness and incidents involving flood, fire, and loss of utility services to food establishments are also investigated.

All retail food establishments, including mobile and temporary facilities, must be licensed. Annual food establishment license applications must be obtained through the Health Department. Applications for temporary food establishment licenses are available on the Township’s “documents” page and must be submitted to the Health Department a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.

Township ordinance requires that all employees who handle food in a retail food establishment maintain a current food handler’s certificate. These certificates, which are good for three years, may be obtained through the health department or through an accredited certifying agency. Retail food establishments categorized as “Risk Type” 2 or 3 must also have a certified Food Protection Manager on staff.

Plan reviews and field inspections are required for construction or remodeling of all retail food establishments. We provide consultation as part of the food facility plan review process for remodeling and/or new construction.

Environmental Issues

Lead Paint

There is the potential for a lead exposure resulting from paint disturbance or removal due to renovation work on houses built prior to 1971 . Exposure to lead is of particular concern to Nursing or pregnant women and children. The improper removal of lead paint may produce lead containing paint chips, dust, smoke or fumes which can cause serious health problems.

There are State regulations regarding the abatement of lead-based paint. If you feel you may have lead paint in your home, contact one of the approved lead hazard evaluators and abatement companies before you do work. Please contact the Health Department at 908-876-3650 or the Building Department at 908-876-4711 for a copy of this list and more information regarding lead paint and its proper removal, or visit the Division of Housing and Community Resources for information on lead abatement programs at http://www.state.nj.us/dca/dhcr/lead.htm.

Morris County Health

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