Ellicott City Flood Recovery

  • For Ellicott City flood recovery health/safety information and resources for residents, businesses and food service establishments, visit our Environmental Health page.

Picture of hand coming out from under white blanket. One Opioid Overdose is too many.

Grassroots 24/7 Crisis Assistance - 410-531-6677 (local) or 2-1-1 (statewide)
Walk-in Assistance 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., 7 Days/Week at Grassroots Crisis Center
Resources and Referrals - 410-313-6202

For additional information and resources click above or visit HoCoOpioidHelp

August is National Breastfeeding MonthBreastfeeding Asian mother with baby

National Breastfeeding Month begins each year on August 1st and runs through the end of the month.  A lot of research has gone into the health benefits of breastfeeding in recent years, with studies showing that breastfeeding provides benefits to the mother’s health as well. Among other reasons that breastfeeding is so beneficial, studies have revealed that breast milk is perfectly designed for babies which can help to protect them against diseases and infections, with the benefits lasting into adulthood.

The Health Department's WIC Program has an award-winning Breastfeeding Program.  For more information about the program and benefits contact the WIC office at 410-313-7510.  The WIC Program also has Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who can provide breastfeeding support to WIC participants.  Call us at

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Cases of Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease Are on the Rise Throughout the Region

Doctors across the East Coast have reported rising incidences of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD), including the reported infection of two Major League Baseball players in New York. HFMD is a virus that commonly affects children but can impact individuals of all ages. It is transmitted through close personal contact with an infected individual or contact with contaminated objects, surfaces or feces. The symptoms include: fever, sore throat, painful blisters in the tongue, gums and inside of cheeks, and a red rash on the palms and soles. This virus remains most contagious during the first week of the illness.

The best way to prevent infection and transmission of this virus is to maintain good hygiene. Frequent hand-washing, disinfecting common areas and reinforcing general good hygiene practices with children can help prevent the spread of HFMD. 

More information:

Health Department Podcast - The Doctor Is In 

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The first episode of the Health Department podcast, The Doctor Is In aired on Howard Community College’s Radio station beginning in July.  This episode looked at the state of the opioid crisis.  It featured the very personal story of a Peer Support Specialist helping others into recovery and a view of what the State is doing to address the issue.  You can listen at:  https://dragondigitalradio.podbean.com/category/the-doctor-is-in 

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Howard County Health Department Peer Support Specialist, Scott Sheldon, talks about his experience with substance misuse and the purpose of the Good Samaritan Law.

Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention Training

For more information about substance use/abuse and prevention see our Behavioral Health page.  For Opioid Overdose Response (naloxone) Training, call 410-313-6202 or contact orpresponse@howardcountymd.gov.  (You must reside, work or attend school in Howard County to participate.) 

August 20, 2018 9:00 a.m.  Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045                 
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November 19, 2018  9:00 a.m.                "
December 17, 2018  9:00 a.m.                "

An Opioid Overdose Response Program Information video is available for viewing online. To view, click on the following ezcast.com link to Opioid/Heroin Overdose Training.

Suicide Prevention App for Smart Phones

Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/there-is-hope/id1122136102?mt=8

Google Play Store:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextlogik.grassroots&hl=en

Rabies Vaccinations for Your Pets 
Ttwo female vet techs with dog on exam tablehe Howard County Health Department, in cooperation with the Animal Control and Adoption Center sponsor monthly local vaccination clinics to protect your pet from the rabies virus. Bring your dog, cat, or ferret for a discounted vaccination the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Location:  8576 Davis Road
                     Columbia, MD 21045  
Time:  Every 3rd Thursday

Between the hours of 12pm and 1:30pm

 Cost: $5.00 cash or check

Payable to “Director of Finance”

•    All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier!
•    Pets must be at least 3 months of age to receive a vaccination.
•    Re-vaccinate animals by the 1 or 3 year vaccination expiration date.

•    Please bring proof of any previous vaccinations. For cats and dogs you will need a copy of the previous rabies vaccine from your veterinarian. This will allow us to document a 3 year vaccination on your new certificate.

For more information, contact:
Bureau of Environmental Health at 
(410) 313-1773
Animal Control and Adoption Center at 
(410) 313-2780

Food-borne Illnesses
Important: If you think you are sick due to eating bad food or food product, contact the Bureau of Environmental Health at 410-313-1772.  After business cartoon of a tomato inundated by bacteria hours, leave a message with your call back information and we will return your call first thing the morning of the following day.