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DIVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Environmental Health February 2022 summary:
February was an exciting month in Environmental Health as we finally were able to find a quality candidate to fill a position that had been vacant since October. Noah Cheshier joined our team on February 24.
Environmental Health also received notice on February 15, that we had been awarded three separate grants from the National Environmental Health Association totaling $90,000. The grant funding is to help offset the costs of meeting FDA Retail Food Safety Standards. EH has continuously participated in the FDA Retail Standards since 2007. The Retail Standards are an ongoing program that helps state and local food safety programs improve their programs.
Mosquito control work has already began for the 2022 season. Two Environmental Health staff attended the Wyoming Mosquito Management Association Education Conference during the last week of February. Conference information included best practices in Wyoming for reducing West Nile mosquitoes, new equipment and most importantly for our department future training and grant requirements. Environmental Health is also required to submit a report to the Wyoming DEQ each February letting them know what mosquito control products were discharged into the surface waters of the state during the previous mosquito control season. This is part of our WYPDES permit.
Preliminary Environmental Health budgets for FY 2023 were submitted as part of the overall department budget. Those budgets were reviewed and approved by the board. Budgets for the Emergency Insect Management Grant (EIMG) budget will be adjusted after grant announcements. The Wyoming Legislature introduced a new bill on Massage Establishments and Therapists this term, the bill did not receive consideration. There were no bills introduced this session limiting the department's ability to reduce food borne illness, as has been the case in many of the previous sessions. A senate file did eliminate the Governors Food Safety Task Force.
The statistical report for Environmental Health is included below:
BOARD OF HEALTH SUMMARY REPORT
EH February 2022 summary:
HOME LOAN / SEPTIC PROGRAM:
Well and septic inspections evaluated were twenty-two (22), a increase in loans of six (06) as compared to the same period in 2021.
Residential septic permits issued were eleven (11).
Commercial septic permits issued were zero (0).
Repair septic permits issued were one (1), the same amount as compared to the same period in 2021.
Septic inspections were seven (07), a decrease of twenty-three (23) as compared to the same period in 2021.
Plats, Subdivisions, Zone Changes and Variances Reviews:
Staff reviewed twelve (12) Cheyenne and Laramie County Site Plans.
FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM:
Food Service Establishment Plan Reviews:
Food Establishments - Opening/Closing:
******All closings were due to a change in ownership or voluntary closures ******
Food Service Inspections:
Food Service Regular Inspections: 46. Total inspections were 48.
Itinerant (temporary) food service permits issued 08. Issued for the year: 18.
Itinerant Inspections: 0.
Day Care Inspections: 9.
School Food Service Inspections: 8.
Bed & Breakfast Inspections: 0.
COMMUNICABLE DISEASE INVESTIGATION:
Staff investigated one (1) communicable disease reported case.
No swimming pools, spas, or similar installations were inspected in February.
No campground facilities were inspected in the month of February.
MASSAGE & BODY ART:
Staff inspected two (2) body art establishments & two (2) massage establishments for the month of February. One (1) new massage therapist & no new body artists were licensed in the month of February.
Approximately twenty-five (25) water samples were drawn for February. Twenty-five (25) were satisfactory. Zero (0) were unsatisfactory.
No human cases of WNV reported to date.
Staff inspected zero (0) fireworks stands for the month of February.
PUBLIC HEALTH COMPLAINT PROGRAMS:
12 Complaints Filed
0 Complaints Abated
02 Active & Pending
10 Inspected with No Further Action Taken
0 Referred to Other Agencies
Roy Kroeger, Director
Division of Environmental Health
Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department