Press release submitted by Henry and Stark County Health Departments.|
The Henry and Stark County Health Departments offer the following information.
Smoke free Illinois Act summer update
Warm weather equals more time spent outdoors, more social activities like barbecues, reunions, and much needed vacations. It also means that more people will be dining out, and perhaps enjoying food and drinks outside under the starlight. To accommodate customers who smoke, several establishments in Henry and Stark Counties have created outdoor smoking areas and beer gardens so patrons can light up while sipping a cool beverage.
To ensure that bars and restaurants are in compliance with the Smoke Free Illinois Act (SFIA) in regard to outdoor patios or other designated outdoor smoking areas, Henry and Stark County Environmental Health
Inspectors want to remind businesses and proprietors of the following SFIA requirements:
A proprietor may designate an area as an outdoor patio where smoking is permitted only if the area:
* Is 15 feet or more from entrances, exits, windows that open and ventilation intakes that serve an enclosed are where smoking is prohibited.
* Is a contiguous area of a place of employment or public place.
* Is controlled by the proprietor of the place of employment or public place.
* Has at least one side that consists of a) open space; b) permeable material c) a combination of open space and permeable material.
* Smoke from the open area may not be permitted to drift/infiltrate into an indoor workplace or public place through entrances, windows, ventilation systems or other means.
* If partially enclosed, the space may not trap smoke.
Environmental Health Director, Dorothy David, also emphasizes the requirement for businesses and proprietors to post No Smoking signs: No Smoking signs or the international No Smoking symbol, onsisting of a pictorial representation of a burning cigarette enclosed in a red circle with a red bar across it, must be clearly and conspicuously posted in each public place and place of employment where smoking is prohibited. Signs are available to download at the Illinois Department of Public Health Web site: www.smoke-free.illinois.gov
The purpose of the Smoke Free Illinois Act is to protect the health of Illinois residents, workers, and visitors from the documented health effects of secondhand smoke exposure. When the Smoke Free Illinois Act went into effect in 2008, Illinois became the 22nd state to protect workers, patrons and visitors in all its businesses and public places from the health risks of secondhand smoke. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Illinois is now one of 25 states and the District of Columbia to have comprehensive, statewide smoking bans which prohibit smoking in public places, establishments such as bars and restaurants, as well as all other workplaces, including casinos. Eighteen more states have implemented
statewide smoking restrictions with some exemptions.
The Health Department continues its Smoke Free Illinois Act enforcement efforts by following up on complaints, conducting routine compliance checks and issuing citations for violations of the Act. Smoking complaints can be filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health on the Web at www.smoke-free.illinois.gov or by telephoning the Department's toll-free Complaint Line at (866) 973-4646. Complaints also can be made to the Henry and Stark County Health Department or a local law enforcement agency.
Certified birth certificate copies
Certified copies of birth certificates for children born in Henry County since 1971 can be obtained through the Health Department office, Route 78 South, Kewanee.
According to Jeanne Carlson, Deputy Registrar, "The complimentary record of a child's birth certificate that is provided by the hospital is not a legal document." Parents are required to show proof of the child's
birthdate upon applying for security benefits or for a social security number which is necessary to open a savings account."
"Proof of birthdate is also required for school entrance," adds Carlson, "and a certified copy of the original birth certificate is necessary." In some areas of the United State non-custodial parents may attempt to register children in school without legal birth certificates. School officials have been warned to be suspicious of this practice, noting that each year, many children are reported taken from their custodial parents and illegally transported to other areas of the country.
Birth parents, listed on the child's birth certificate, or court ordered legal guardians may request a certified copy of their child's birth certificate by contacting the Henry County Health Department at 4424 US Highway
34, Kewanee or (309) 852-0197.
The charge for obtaining certified copies is $9 for the first copy and $4 for each additional copy. For more information on obtaining certified birth (or death) certificates, call the Health Department at (309) 852-0197.
Request forms are also available on our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com under vital records. Enclose a photo ID, such as a driver's license along with your request and fee.
Head lice 101
It's nearly that time of year again. When yellow school buses, cross guards and children carrying book bags abound. Facts pertaining to head lice and how to treat it are as follows:
The head louse is one variety of a number of different lice. This type chooses the scalp and the hair to make its home. Head lice complete their life cycle in approximately one month and new generations multiply rapidly, over and over again.
Head lice are insects, flattened in shape from top to bottom; they have no wings and do not jump or fly. Their mouths include a set of six pairs of hooks by which they can attach themselves to the hair shaft. Transmission usually occurs from one infested person to another by direct contact with hair. Personal items such as combs, brushes, towels, and bedding are frequent sources of contamination. Another common source is clothing, such as hats, ribbons, scarves, topcoats and sweaters, all of which provide excellent transportation from one individual to another.
Although head lice are difficult to see, they are easy to recognize. One sign is a persistent itch of the scalp, often accompanied by infected scratch marks. Closer inspection, aided by a hand lens will reveal small
silvery eggs attached to the hair shaft.
Head lice infestations among children and adults are common. Lice are unbearably itchy and highly contagious; they require immediate, thorough treatment. Alas, there are no non-toxic products for killing lice, but there are effective over-the-counter products such as Nix and Rid.
But if you do use one of these preparations, follow the instructions exactly. Delouse clothing, bedding and combs according to directions; as well as, head and body. Remember to take all possible steps to protect
other members of your household, and to notify people who might have been exposed through direct bodily or household contact, and to prevent re-infestation.
For more information, contact your family health care provider, school nurse or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com
Fasting blood profile clinics
Blood profiles are now available at clinics held Monday through Friday starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Health Department's Main Office, Route 78 South, Kewanee; and at 8 a.m. at their Colona Office 103 1st St., Colona.
The fasting blood profile clinics offer area residents the opportunity to receive indepth profiles like the Chem Screen/CBC basic blood profile, a Thyroid Panel, and the PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test. These tests are available without a physician's order.
Insurances, such as Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Mutual Medical, can be billed with a physician's order.
The basic blood profile offers 39 different blood results including a total cholesterol, triglyceride, high and low density lipoprotein (HDL and LDL), and red and white blood cell count results.
The PSA, for males age 50 and over, is a blood test to be used as a screening tool by physicians and should only be used in conjunction with a doctor's physical exam. The Thyroid panel gives indicatives of thyroid functioning by giving T3/T4/CFT4 and TSH results.
Fasting is required for the basic blood profile. Therefore, participants should not eat or drink anything other than water for 8-12 hours prior to the blood draw. Test results will be sent by mail to participants and their physicians.
Please note, appointments which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department at (309) 852-5272. For more information visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.
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