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Monterey County Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak Among Homeless Population
Since early 2017, the San Diego and Santa Cruz County Health Departments have been investigating local hepatitis A outbreaks among individuals who are homeless or use illicit drugs. Unfortunately, disease levels in Monterey County have now reached outbreak levels. Since October 2017, hepatitis A has been diagnosed in 9 individuals with a history of homeless in Monterey County. These individuals did not travel outside of Monterey County so are assumed to have become ill due to transmission within the homeless and illegal drug use communities in Monterey County.
2/5/2018 4:46:00 PM
UPDATE: Request for information about illegal hazardous waste dump
Since the initial reporting of the illegally disposed hazardous waste barrels on January 17th, 2018, the Monterey County Health Department has identified four disposal locations within the county. 58 barrels have been found.Thanks to calls we received from the public, we are aware that there may be as many as 70 barrels total disposed.
1/19/2018 3:07:00 PM
Baby its Cold Outside - Stay warm safely
The National Weather Service’s forecast for freezing temperatures leaves residents vulnerable to cold. The Monterey County Health Department would like to remind everyone to keep warm safely.
2/20/2018 11:05:00 AM
Questions & Complaints
Do you have a question or complaint that you would like to share?Please review the information below. It is divided by topic and department. You may find an answer to your question or information related to your complaint. To go directly to the complaint form, click here.
Information by topic:
Information by departmentPlease make a selection from the following areas within Environmental Health that best suite the area of your complaint or concern:
Hazardous Materials Management
Responsible for inspecting facilities in the County to verify proper storage, handling and disposal of hazardous materials and hazardous wastes.
Consumer Health Protection
Responsible for retail food protection and cottage food operations regulation, rental housing complaints, beach water quality monitoring, public swimming pools and spas inspection, vector control, agricultural field toilet inspections, tobacco licensing inspections, the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and other general health protection activities.
Recycling Resource & Recovery Services
Responsible for the protection of public health and safety by reducing the amount of solid waste that goes to local landfills.
Environmental Health Review
Responsible for review of land use projects and building permits to ensure conformance with regulations where the Bureau is the oversight agency. Additionally, this program reviews, inspects, and approves Supply and Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) and provides annual inspections of sewage treatment and wastewater reclamation facilities.
Drinking Water Protection Services
Regulates domestic water systems that serve 2-199 connections or systems that serve at least 25 people at least 60 days a year. DWPS provides assistance to non-State regulated public and private potable water distribution systems to comply with local, State and Federal regulations, and to resolve water quality and quantity issues; permits all water well construction, repair and destruction activities in the County; operates a cross-connection control program and a water reuse program; and permits and inspects desalination treatment facilities. DWPS also regulates all well construction in Monterey County.
Solid Waste Management Services
Designated as the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) in Monterey County and is responsible for permitting, ensuring compliance with regulations, and inspecting facilities that handle solid waste, such as open and closed landfills, transfer stations, and compost facilities.