West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes in Renfrew County
August 1, 2017 ‐ Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus (WNv) have been found in Laurentian Valley Township around the intersection of Highway 41 and Whitewater Road. This is the first time that mosquitoes have tested positive for WNv in Renfrew County and District since the health unit began monitoring mosquitoes for WNv in 2005.
Blue-Green Algae Found – Muskrat Lake
July 20, 2017 ‐ The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has advised the Renfrew County and District Health Unit that test results from water samples taken from Muskrat Lake have confirmed the presence of blue-green algae.
Local Dietitian Recognized by Board of Health for Provincial Award
July 19, 2017 ‐ Renfrew County and District Board of Health is pleased to announce that Carolyn Froats-Emond, Community Dietitian, has received the Peer Recognition Award from the Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health.
Upper Ottawa Valley OPP Constable Beth Ethier (retired) Selected for Provincial Road Safety Achievement Award
July 12, 2017 ‐ On Tuesday, June 13th, local retired OPP Constable Beth Ethier received the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Award for the professional category at their 2017 Road Safety Achievement Award Ceremony.
Renfrew County and District Health Unit Monitoring Public Beaches
June 23, 2017 ‐ On May 18, 2017, the Renfrew County and District Health Unit began regular water quality testing at each of the 29 public beaches in Renfrew County and District.
Have a Smoke-Free World No Tobacco Day
May 31, 2017 ‐ May 31 2017 is World No Tobacco Day. Did you know that the harmful chemicals found in second-hand tobacco smoke are much more concentrated in enclosed environments?
Protect Yourself from Lyme Disease
May 26, 2017 ‐ Lyme disease can be serious. It is spread to humans through the bite of an infected, blacklegged tick. And health officials are seeing an increase in the number of cases in the province.
Health Unit Hosting More Sessions on Fentanyl and Overdose
May 19, 2017 ‐ Renfrew County and District Health Unit recently hosted three sessions on fentanyl and overdose in partnership with the County of Renfrew Paramedic Services, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Renfrew County Youth Network and the pharmacist at Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre. The Health Unit is planning to host three more information sessions.
Flood Recovery Measures – Renfrew County
May 18, 2017 ‐ With the outside temperatures warming up and the holiday weekend approaching, the Renfrew County and District Health Unit would like to advise all residents affected by the recent flooding of precautions that should be taken.
Health Unit Recommends Precautions During Flood Conditions
May 11, 2017 ‐ Renfrew County and District Health Unit would like to remind residents affected by the recent flooding that they should be taking the necessary precautions to protect their health and safety. Precautions are listed for residents with dug and drilled wells, and septic systems.