The Health Services Department is responsible for public health issues ranging from restaurant inspections to immunizations to the public smoking ban. Additionally, the department is responsible for project management and grants administration. The department is comprised of the following two divisions:
Environmental Health enforces Chapter 7: Health and Sanitation of the City's Code of Ordinances, which deals with food service, pools and public health nuisances. Courtesy environmental inspections for Texas Department of State Health Services are also offered for foster homes, day cares, 24-hour residential care and adoptions.
The Nursing Division provides a range of services designed to promote healthy living through prevention, protection and intervention.
Tom Green Co. Environmental Health
For City of San Angelo and Tom Green County septic system questions and/or complaints, or for food service permits or flood plain information outside the city limits but in Tom Green County, contact the Tom Green County Environmental Health Division. Its offices are in the Edd B. Keyes Building, 113 W. Beauregard Ave., second floor, or call 325-658-1038 or 325-657-1024.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China - 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
The San Angelo Health Department is remaining vigilant and monitoring the developing outbreak, alongside its public health partners, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the CDC.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Common human coronaviruses can cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, such as the common cold. There have been coronaviruses that have caused more severe illness, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle ease respiratory syndrome (MERS).
According to the CDC, the immediate risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time; however, the CDC still cautions they still consider this a serious public health threat.
The CDC believes that symptoms of the virus may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
While there is no current vaccine to prevent infection with 2019-nCoV, as with other respiratory-transmitted diseases, there are certain preventative measures to help stop the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces.
These measures are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.
Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, for the latest developments and additional guidance on the 2019-nCoV for the public, healthcare professionals, and travelers, visit the CDC and DSHS websites.
Article 7.900 in the Code of Ordinances regulates smoking in public places and in places of employment.