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The Howard County Health Department and State Offices will be CLOSED Wednesday, November 26th through Friday, November 28th for a State Service Reduction Day, Thanksgiving and American Heritage Holidays.  There will be NO Birth Certificate services available. We will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, December 1, 2014. 

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 WEEK OF: November 17, 2014: 



 Wednesday, December 3, 2014 

1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood 

2400 Rt. 97

Cooksville, MD 21723

 Thursday, December 11, 2014 

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 Miller Branch Library 

9421 Frederick Rd.

Ellicott City, MD 21042


The 2014 Ebola epidemic is a virus primarily affecting four countries countries in West Africa; Sierra Leone, Liberia Guinea and Mali. The most recent case of Ebola Viurs Disease is that of Dr. Martin Salia, a Sierra Leonian native and permanent resident of the United States living in Maryland, who was taking care of the ill in Sierra Leone.  Dr. Salia was transported from Sierra Leone to the University of Nebraska Medical Center on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  On  Monday, November 17, 2014, he succomed to the disease.  All previous cases of Ebola cases in the United States have been resolved. Both nurses from Texas Presbyterian recovered and were released from their respective hopitals.  The Doctors Without Borders doctor in New York City recovered and was released from the hospital on November 11, 2014.  The Maine nurse treating patients in West Africa was never positive for Ebola and her 21 day monitoring period is complete.

The situation continues to be monitored nationally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Howard County Health Department is working with the State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and local partners to prepare for this, or any other infectious disease situation that might arise locally. 

While a very fluid situation, current information and guidance may be found on our  Ebola page.  The website will be updated as new information becomes available.  


 You Can't Get Ebola:  

  • Through the Air
  • Through the Water
  • Through Food

Protect Yourself Against Ebola (and other viruses):  

  • Wash Your Hands or Use Alcohol-Based Sanitizer
  • Don't Touch Face (Eyes, Nose, Mouth)
  • Avoid Contact with Sick People

For more information detailed information on this website, Click HERE 

A Class Using a Simple Spray to Save Lives Begins in Howard County

The Howard County Health Department is offering FREE Opioid Overdose Response Program trainings to become certified to administer naloxone for Howard County residents 18 years of age and older.  Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose, perform rescue breathing, give intra-nasal naloxone (a medication that reverses the effects of an overdose by restoring a person's ability to breathe) and learn to care for the individual until help arrives.  Click HERE to read more.
Call our Bureau of Behavioral Health at 410-313-6202 for more information and to register.   

Opiod Overdose Response Program Video Class/Written Exam Now Available Online

Howard County Health Department offers an Opiod Overdose Response Program trainings to become certified to administer naloxone, the prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose.  In order to become certified you may either come to our class  OR you may watch the video course and take the test, THEN schedule your class to come into the Health Department and complete the Hands-On portion of the training to receive your certificate and Naloxone kit.  To view the online training click on the following: OORP Video Training Link 

To Request the Health Department at Your Next Health Event 


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Contact Numbers:

Administration:    410-313-6300 

Toll Free: 1-866-313-6300 

Columbia Health Center:    410-313-7500 

North Laurel Health Center:    410-313-0630 

Behavioral Health Services/Substance Abuse Services:    410-313-6202 

Environmental Health:    410-313-2640

Or you may send an e-mail to:

Howard County Health Department  8930 Stanford Blvd. Columbia, MD 21045