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The county health center at 1930 Ninth Avenue was dedicated as the Michael A. Murray Building August 26 in honor of Commissioner Murray (holding the ribbon at right), who has given more than 2 decades of public service to Lewis and Clark County.

Upcoming Events

  • Free Cooking and Nutrition Classes, run for 8 Thursdays starting September 24, offered at noon to 1 PM or 6 to 7 PM, Lewis and Clark Public Health Conference Room. Contact Kim, 406-447-8042.
  • Indoor Air Quality Training, October 27-28, Holiday Inn, downtown Helena. Sponsored by the Montana Children's Environmental Health Network. Learn more about the training.
  • ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Course, November 2-3, Montana Association of Counties conference room, 2715 Skyway Drive, Helena. Cost ranges from $60 to $180. Register by October 23.

Public Invited to Comment on Wastewater Regulations

Lewis and Clark Public Health is accepting public comments until 5 PM October 26 on proposed changes to the Lewis and Clark Onsite Wastewater Treatment Regulations. A public hearing is scheduled for October 22. Follow the links below for more information.
Official Notice of Public Comment
Proposed 2015 Wastewater Regulations

New State Law Allows Sale of 'Cottage Foods'

A new state law went into effect October 1, allowing entrepreneurs to prepare low-risk foods like jams and baked goods in home kitchens and sell those products directly to consumers. The Cottage Food Law includes several safety measures to protect consumers. Special labels are required indicating the source of production. If you're interested in producing and selling cottage foods, you must register with our Licensed Establishment Program. You can find a permit application and draft regulations on our website.

Rabid Bat Found at Picnic Area North of Helena

A bat found Sunday, Sept. 13, at Meriwether Picnic Area about 20 miles north of Helena has tested positive for rabies. The animal was discovered on the trail near the boat dock at the popular picnic area on the Missouri River. Anyone who had direct contact with a bat needs to be evaluated for potential exposure to rabies. If you believe you may have had direct contact, please call the health department at 447-8361. More information about bats and rabies is available here.

Flu Makes Early Appearance This Year in County

Lab tests have confirmed the first case of flu in the county this season. It's almost a month earlier than usual! That means it's time to start thinking about an annual flu shot if you haven't already. Vaccination is the single best way to prevent the flu, which can be a serious and even fatal disease. Learn more about flu season and how best to weather it.

Savor Summer Year-Round with Safe Home Canning

Although summer is waning, it's still possible to enjoy the benefits of fresh produce. Home canning is enjoying a resurgence, but it can be risky -- even deadly -- if not done right. The greatest risk is botulism poisoning caused by contaminated food. Here are some tips for canning produce safely.

A Plan to Improve Health in Our Community

The Health Department and St. Peter's Hospital have teamed up to produce the 2013 Lewis and Clark County Health Improvement Plan. It identifies the most pressing health priorities in the county, as determined by community members representing a cross-section of local organizations, businesses, and government agencies. The plan also includes tips for how you can improve your own health during the next 3-5 years.
Read the news release.   
Learn more about the planning process.

Melanie Reynolds
Health Officer

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Main Offices
1930 Ninth Avenue
Helena, MT 59601
Fax: 406-457-8990
Clinic Fax: 406-457-8992
Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM
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Administrative Offices
City-County Building
316 North Park, Room 148
Helena, MT 59601
Fax: 406-447-8443
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Environmental Services
City-County Building, Room 230
316 North Park Avenue
Helena, MT 59623
Fax: 406-457-8990
Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM
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East Helena Lead
Education and Assistance

306 East Main, Room 201
PO Box 1231
East Helena, MT 59635
Monday-Friday 8 AM to 4 PM
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Augusta Public Health Nurse
Augusta, MT 59410
Mondays, Wednesdays 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Tuesdays 9 AM to 1 PM
Home and Office Visits by Appointment