Latest Uncas Health District News

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: The Importance of Screening and Early Detection

By Patrick McCormack | September 30, 2023

Breast cancer is among the most common cancers among women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 297,790 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States in 2023, and 43,700 women will die from the disease. While breast cancer can be a … Read more

Sample of a COVID-19 test website relaunched — free COVID-19 tests available starting Sept. 25

By Patrick McCormack | September 22, 2023

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR), announced on Friday an investment of $600 million across 12 domestic COVID-19 test manufacturers and the reopening of to deliver COVID-19 tests for free to households across the country. Beginning September 25, every household can again … Read more

Updated Fee Schedule — Effective October 1, 2023

By Patrick McCormack | September 21, 2023

[maxbutton id=”2″ url=”” text=”Print/Download Fee Schedule” ]   FEE SCHEDULE (EFFECTIVE 10/1/23)   SITE TESTING  SEPTIC SYSTEM:  Site Investigation per lot *  $150.00  Groundwater monitoring per lot / per visit  $50.00  Site investigation-B100a-deck, pool, addition etc.  $100.00  Additional testing per lot  $100.00  Perc testing fill for a system  $50.00  Water Treatment Wastewater System  $100.00  * includes … Read more

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Asthma attacks are common in early fall — how to reduce your risk

By Patrick McCormack | September 20, 2023

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. This can make breathing difficult and trigger wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Asthma attacks can be mild or severe, and they can even be life-threatening. Why Are Asthma Attacks Common in Early Fall? There are a few reasons why asthma … Read more

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Check Your Mental Health at Fresh Check Day — Sept. 27 at Three Rivers Community College

By Patrick McCormack | September 18, 2023

On Wednesday, September 27, members of the Uncas Health District team will be heading to CT State Community College Three Rivers (formerly Three Rivers Community College) for Fresh Check Day — an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event for colleges that includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support of multiple campus departments and … Read more

Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide Prevention Month: Creating Hope Through Action

By Patrick McCormack | September 13, 2023

September is Suicide Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about suicide and its prevention. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and it is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24. There are many warning signs that someone may be thinking about suicide. These signs … Read more

Pachaug State Forest in Connecticut

Press Release: State Officials Report Positive Mosquitoes For Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in Voluntown

By Patrick McCormack | September 13, 2023

Voluntown, Conn. — The Uncas Health District is advising residents in southeastern Connecticut to protect themselves and their children from mosquitoes to reduce the chance of contracting eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. Mosquitoes trapped in the Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown on September 5, 2023 have tested positive for EEE. Voluntown is one of six … Read more

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FDA approves new COVID-19 vaccines that target circulating variants

By Patrick McCormack | September 11, 2023

On September 11, 2023,  the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took action approving and authorizing for emergency use updated COVID-19 vaccines formulated to more closely target currently circulating variants and to provide better protection against serious consequences of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death. Today’s actions relate to updated mRNA vaccines for 2023-2024 manufactured by … Read more

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DPH announces second case of West Nile virus infection in CT this year

By Patrick McCormack | September 7, 2023

Residents are advised to protect themselves and their children from mosquito bites The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that a Connecticut resident has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection. This is the second human case of WNV-associated illness identified in Connecticut this season. The patient, who is between 50–59 years … Read more

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Hurricane season: What to do if a major storm impacts Southeastern CT

By Patrick McCormack | September 7, 2023

Hurricane season is upon us, and while Connecticut is not as frequently affected by hurricanes as some southern coastal areas, it is not immune to the potential impacts of these powerful storms. To ensure the safety and well-being of yourself and your loved ones during hurricane season, it’s crucial to be prepared. Here are some … Read more