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We provide free car seat checks for the public to ensure that the car seats are installed properly. Our staff are Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. Call us at 301-600-3326 to request a car seat check.
For more information, please check out Safe Kids Frederick County
What if it’s your pet that bites someone? The best thing to do is to share your name and phone number so that if the person bitten goes to have the bite checked, Animal Control can make sure your pet is healthy and vaccinated. If you don’t want to share your information, another option is to report the bite to the Health Department directly and we can match it up to the bite reports that come in.
The big question - What happens to my pet now, are they in trouble? No, they are not in “trouble” but the Health Department does need to make sure they are healthy and vaccinated for rabies. Your pet will be put on a 10 day quarantine that you can do at home. The pet can play with family members and go out in the yard, but must be on a leash or within a fenced area; public activities should be postponed. They will also need to go to the vet to make sure they are healthy and the vet will complete a form that gets turned in; if the pet’s rabies vaccine is not up to date they will need to get one.
If you have questions or don’t know what to do, give us a call 301-600-1717.
Burn permits may be applied for online as well as in person at the Frederick County Health Department. More information regarding burn permits can be obtained by calling 301-600-1717.
Deer located along a county road will be removed by the County Highway Authority. Deer located along a state road will be removed by the State Highway Administration. Disposal of dead deer located on private property is the responsibility of the property owner.
Complaints within the city limits of Frederick are handled by the City of Frederick’s Code Enforcement Office. They can be reached at 301-600-3825. Complaints within the town limits of Thurmont, Emmitsburg, Brunswick, and Walkersville are handled by each town office.
There is no tall grass ordinance currently for Frederick County. Tall grass complaints due to dry weather conditions should be forwarded to the Fire Marshal's Office.
Note: Above is for both commercial and residential properties
The Environmental Health Department has septic records as old as 1950. That does not ensure that we have yours.To have a sanitarian start the research complete an Information Research Request Form.
350 Montevue Lane Frederick, MD 21702
A backhoe operator is hired and required to dig no less than 3 holes.
The first hole is the observation hole. This is where we find the limiting factor which is usually >50% rock or water table. The second and third holes are the perc test holes that are 4’ above the limiting factor. The water has 30 minutes per inch to percolate for a conventional septic system and 60 minutes per inch in an infiltrometer for a sand mound test.
The FCHD sanitarian conducts the official percolation test and records (COMAR 26):
Perc time Location of perc/observation holes Depth of perc holes Any other information pertinent to the solid and site characteristics of the property.
For questions about Temporary Food Service at public events, see Temporary Special Food Service Facilities page.
1. A mobile unit may operate at public events (fairs, festivals, etc.) by applying for Temporary Food Service Permits for each event. Requirements are less restrictive than annually licensed units that operate on a more regular basis.
2. A mobile unit operating on a routine basis requires an annual Food Service License and the mobile unit must be in full compliance with Maryland’s Food Service Regulations (COMAR 10.15.03). Operating as an annually licensed mobile unit in Frederick County will also allow you to participate at public events in Frederick County without the need of additionally obtaining Temporary Food Service Permits.
A) Have a mobile unit constructed. This option requires submitting plans to be reviewed and approved by the Frederick County Health Department Food Program prior to the start of any construction. (Plan review fee is required.)
B) Purchase a pre-owned mobile unit that is already outfitted with necessary equipment. This option is more risky to the operator because mobile units licensed in other jurisdictions may not be automatically licensed in Frederick County. It is recommended that when shopping for pre-owned mobile units, pictures of the mobile unit (including equipment, sinks, and plumbing detail, etc.) are submitted for evaluation prior to purchase.
All mobile units require a Base of Operations or Commissary in order to comply with COMAR 10.15.03. This is where the mobile unit will get potable water, dispose of gray water, dispose of grease from fryers (if need be), use the larger 3 compartment sink for cleaning and sanitizing equipment on the mobile unit, and where the mobile unit may have storage as needed. An additional license may be required for the “Base of Operations” if the kitchen is being used for more than clean-up, minimal storage, and/or minimal prep.
The procedures for opening or remodeling a restaurant in Frederick County can be found on the Plan Review Submission page.
Effective March 1, 2014, state law requires “a food establishment shall display prominently in the staff area of the food establishment a poster related to food allergy awareness that includes information regarding the risk of an allergic reaction." The following link provides additional information on food allergens:
ATSDR’s Public Health Assessment estimated the TCE and PCE exposure doses to residents of those houses by using the maximum measured concentrations of the chemicals in 1992 (when potable use of the wells ceased). Evaluation of these contaminants and estimated ingestion doses of TCE and PCE for children and adults lead to the following conclusions:a) "Harmful effects are unlikely for users of the contaminated private wells based on maximum measured concentrations of PCE and TCE (cancer and non-cancer health effects).b) Residences with contaminated wells are currently being provided with alternate water. Current exposure to VOCs at these locations is limited to incidental use of the wells for irrigation or other outside uses. These exposures are unlikely to result in any harmful health effects.
The full ATSDR report can be found here: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/HAC/pha/FtDetrickAreaBGroundwater/FortDetrickPHAFinal12-09- 2009.pdf
When trying to determine whether a group of cancers is due to chance alone, or is a true “cluster,” some of the questions that should be asked include: (a) Is this the same type of cancer, or is it many different types?; (b) Are the cancers occurring in people who typically get this kind of cancer, or are these cancers happening in people who don’t typically get this type of cancer?; (c) Are the cancers occurring in people who are known to have a specific exposure?; (d) If an exposure is suspected of being related to a cancer, is there a reasonable period of time between when the exposure happened and when the cancer happened (because chemicals that are known to cause cancer typically take several years to several decades between when the exposure happens and when the cancer is finally apparent)?; and (e) Are the cancers common cancers, or are they very rare types of cancers?
The Maryland Cancer Registry is an ongoing registry since 1992, and the data are used for many different purposes. For example, data are used to look at the numbers and rates of cancer by type of cancer, race, ethnicity, age, gender, and geographic residence. In addition to all of its other responsibilities, the Registry provides data to the counties, which use the data to target cancer surveillance, screening, and prevention activities in conjunction with local health care providers and organizations. The review of state cancer data, to determine whether any particular area has more cancer than would be expected under normal circumstances, is a complicated task that requires additional resources beyond the other activities of the Registry and the health department. However, both the state and county health departments are committed to providing resources to this review of Registry data, because of community concerns.
The Frederick County Health Department conducted a Community Health Assessment in 2007 by surveying Frederick County residents. Participants were asked about a past diagnosis of non-skin cancer and modifiable risk factors associated with the development of cancer. The responses were then reported out separately for respondents from Central Frederick County, Northern Frederick County, and Southern Frederick County. The full Community Health Assessment can be found at http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/index.aspx?NID=2371 .For more information: Question and Answers about Cancer Clusters (Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) http://fha.maryland.gov/pdf/cancer/mcr_combined_cancer_cluster.pdf
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene began its preliminary investigation using data that was already collected by the Maryland Cancer Registry. The initial cancer investigation is being conducted to answer questions and concerns that have been raised by Frederick County residents about cancer in the area, and proceeded independently of any ongoing issues related to environmental remediation at Fort Detrick. As additional concerns are raised as a result of this preliminary investigation and any future investigations, they will be addressed by the Frederick County Health Department, working together with the appropriate state and federal agencies.
According to the Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC) Harm Reduction is:
What Harm Reduction is NOT:
• No matter what drug they are using, ALWAYS HAVE NALOXONE/NARCAN. Fentanyl is frequently found in all drugs (cocaine, meth, street purchased pills, etc.)• TEST THE SUPPLY. Knowing whether fentanyl is present in the drug can help guide decisions related to use.• NEVER USE ALONE. Having someone with them allows them to call 911 and provide care if they overdose.• IF THEY DO USE ALONE, HAVE THEM ASK SOMEONE TO CHECK ON THEM. There are many ways to do this. They can ask someone to check on them in 5 minutes (either by phone, text, in person).• BE AWARE OF THINGS THAT PLACE THEM AT GREATER RISK OF OVERDOSE. These include a history of overdose, if they have not used opioids in a while (their tolerance drops fast), if they are sick (cold, flu, viruses make it easier to overdose), and if they are using other drugs at the same time (especially alcohol, benzos, and other opioids).• USE SLOWLY. Using slowly allows their body to adjust and gives a person time to understand how the drugs may affect them.• TRY SNORTING OR SMOKING INSTEAD. Injecting carries the highest risk of overdose. You can still overdose by smoking and snorting, especially with fentanyl, so start slow and use less to start.
Fentanyl test strips are a form of drug testing technology that have shown to be effective at detecting the presence of fentanyl and fentanyl-analogs in drug samples prior to ingestion. Based on the results of the test strips, people can choose to implement strategies to reduce the risk of overdose. Published literature supports that people are willing to use fentanyl test strips and change behavior as a result of a positive test.
The Frederick County Health Department distributes free fentanyl test strips to people who use drugs. Visit our page to learn more about our Syringe Services Program.
Yes. There are significant legal protections for Syringe Services Program (SSP) Participants, Volunteers and Staff. Under Senate Bill 97, § 24-908. Immunity from prosecution; permitted prosecutions
Approved Program Activities Provide Significant Legal Protections to Staff, Volunteer and Participants whom:
“MAY NOT BE ARRESTED, CHARGED, OR PROSECUTED FOR VIOLATING § 5–601, § 5–619, § 5–620, OR § 5–902(C) OR (D) OF THE CRIMINAL LAW ARTICLE FOR POSSESSING OR DISTRIBUTING CONTROLLED PARAPHERNALIA OR DRUG PARAPHERNALIA WHENEVER THE POSSESSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF THE CONTROLLED PARAPHERNALIA OR DRUG PARAPHERNALIA IS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE EMPLOYEE’S, VOLUNTEER’S, OR PARTICIPANT’S ACTIVITIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE WORK OF A PROGRAM AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS SUBTITLE.”
Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) have been shown to:
From points South, take I-270 North to U.S. 15 in Frederick
From points North, take U.S. 15 to Frederick
From Route 15, take the Rosemont Avenue Exit (turn right if coming north and left if coming south on 15). Montevue Lane is a left-hand turn at the traffic lights in front of Fort Detrick (third light on Rosemont).
Provided is a notice which describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review carefully.
Notice of Privacy Practices
Notice of Privacy Practices (Spanish)
Bring a completed application along with your photo id and $20 (cash, check, MasterCard or Visa credit card) to the Administration Office. More Information
Fill out the Maryland Board of Physicians Complaint Form and return it to Maryland Board of Physicians Intake Unit
Your nurse can also discuss and provide contacts for:
Yes you can in certain circumstances, but before you drop Health Insurance, please talk with a caseworker here at the Health Department.
Yes you can but if someone is claiming you as a tax dependent, they must apply for you.
Click here to view the process once you have been approved.
Yes you can. A Caseworker will meet with you to complete the MCO selection and process.
Yes you can. A Caseworker will meet with you and scan your verifications into your application and compete the verification process.
On June 16, 2020, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced that Frederick County will fully advance the next phase of Governor Hogan’s reopening plan, as most neighboring counties are doing. The following businesses and activities can resume in Frederick County effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 19, at 50 percent of their capacity with recommended best health and safety practices:
Questions concerning Governor Hogan’s most recent Executive Order should be directed to the Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel at 410-974-3901 or online at http://governor.maryland.gov/contact-the-governor. Guidance for different types of businesses can be found here: https://open.maryland.gov/backtobusiness/.
Governor Hogan announced the State’s plans for reopening. The plans give local jurisdictions the authority to set their own guidelines for reopening. Based on the rates of COVID-19 in each jurisdiction, some jurisdictions will reopen sooner than others. There is no travel ban between jurisdictions, but all Marylanders are recommended to stay at home except for essential business and approved activities, wear masks or face coverings, and practice physical distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
For current testing locations, eligibility and instructions, click here. We are adding additional testing sites, so check back regularly.
Frederick County’s first case was announced 3/16/2020. Visit our Statistics dashboard for an interactive map of confirmed cases of COVID-19, zipcodes and congregate care facilities (such as nursing homes) in Maryland.
Frederick County lsits cases by zip codes on their website: https://FrederickCountyMD.gov/COVIDstats. Data for ZIP codes with 7 or fewer cases is suppressed, so if there is no case count listed for your zip code, it means that there are 0-7 cases there. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are listed by home address and not where they got infected. The majority of cases don’t know where or how they got infected. This means that Frederick County has “sustained community spread.” Everyone is at risk for COVID-19, and everyone needs to stay at home and take precautions.
Governor Hogan signed an executive order requiring face coverings when inside any retail establishments, including grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores, or when riding any form of public transportation in Maryland beginning Saturday, April 18, at 7 a.m.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings when out in public (such as grocery stores and pharmacies) except for children under age 2, people who have trouble breathing, or people who are unconscious or unable to remove the mask without help. You can use a scarf, bandana, or you can make one using one of these patterns online: Sew and No-Sew Instructions It is important not to touch your mouth, nose, eyes or face when putting it on and taking it off. You must still practice social distancing and wash hands frequently. Click here for more FAQs about masks.
Staying home and physical distancing is still the best way to protect your family from COVID-19. Especially for younger children who may not understand why they can’t run up toward other people or touch things they shouldn’t, it’s best to keep them home. Children under the age of 2 years should not wear cloth face coverings.
For those times when a child must enter a retail establishment with you, they may wear a face covering. Here are tips on what to tell them and other precautions for children with special health care needs.
Vaccinations are a vital part of maintaining your child’s health and well-being. Without up-to-date vaccinations, your child could get sick from serious diseases like measles, rubella, pertussis (whooping cough) and many others. Many children have missed their vaccinations due to concerns about COVID-19. Children need to be vaccinated before they are potentially exposed. Now is the right time to bring your child’s vaccinations up to date to protect your child.
If you have health insurance and need to find a provider, go to www.frederickhealth.org/Find-a-Doctor.aspx
The State of Maryland has a special enrollment period. Call 301-600-3124 to make a Medicaid enrollment appointment by phone or visit Maryland Health Connection:
Frederick Health Hospital is also providing Virtual Visits where you can talk with a provider online. Click here to schedule a Virtual Visit.
Early on in the COVID-19 emergency, there were not enough tests to test everyone who wanted one, and those with the most severe symptoms were prioritized. The number of tests and supplies have increased, and testing is becoming more widely available every day. If you or your healthcare provider think you should be tested, click here to find a testing site. Different testing sites have different criteria for eligibility, so read carefully before showing up.
Everyone with symptoms, whether they have or have not been tested, needs to follow the same precautions - stay home when sick, avoid contact with other people and practice social distancing, cover your cough/sneeze, monitor your symptoms and stay in contact with your healthcare provider if symptoms worsen – to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. If you are sick with severe symptoms, call ahead and get medical care immediately. Older adults and people with underlying health conditions should contact their provider for medical concerns.
Antibody tests look to see if there is evidence of an immune response to the COVID-19 virus in a person’s blood. Antibody tests of varying quality are being marketed worldwide as a “test for immunity to COVID-19” and people are interested because they think it will give them “peace of mind” and they won’t have to take precautions to prevent getting COVID-19. Some of these tests are marketed for home use and others are for healthcare providers on patients and then send to a lab for results. In the US, the FDA tests and approves antibody tests to make sure they are sensitive and accurate in detecting COVID-19 antibodies, and don’t result in too many false positives or negatives.
A positive test result – a test which shows that antibodies are present – does not mean that a person will be immune to COVID-19 for many reasons:
Because so much is unknown about COVID-19, antibody tests are not recommended to diagnose COVID-19, and most people do not need an antibody test at this time. If you believe you may have COVID-19, it is best to get tested with a viral test. Frederick Health Hospital offers Curbside testing, as well as healthcare providers and other locations in Frederick County.
For everyone, it is recommended to wash hands, practice physical distancing, and wear a face covering when around others.
For more information about antibody testing, visit: CDC Test for Past Infection
If you have been quarantining yourself after a known exposure, the best time to get tested is about 12 days because that gives enough time for the test to show a positive result.
However, since most people don’t know when they were exposed, you can get tested even if you don’t have symptoms.
You can get tested again! This is not a “one and done” situation. If you’ve tested negative, you could still be exposed and infected later or you were tested too soon after infection for the virus to be detected by the test.
It is recommended to stay quarantined until you get tested and get results to prevent others from possibly getting infected.
Last updated 7/14/2020
Because of the increase in cases throughout much of the country, many labs are experiencing a surge in samples to test. This is causing a delay in people getting their results, even here in Maryland and Frederick County. It could take 7-10 days to get results, and we are hearing of some taking longer than that. It’s very important for people to self-quarantine and stay away from others while waiting for test results so that people aren’t spreading the virus before they find out that they have COVID-19.
Our public health nurses talk with people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 to learn where they have been and who they have been in contact with. They then contact any individuals who might be at risk. This is called "contact tracing." If there is any risk to the public, we put that information out as soon as possible. For more information about contact tracing, visit the Maryland Department of Health Contact Tracing FAQs.
Outbreaks in congregate living facilities including nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes with 10 or more occupants are now being reported at https://FrederickCountyMD.gov/COVIDstats. For state congregate living facilities, visit https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/hcf-resources.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected. People who are infected often have symptoms of illness. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus. There is growing evidence of transmission risk from infected persons without symptoms or before the onset of recognized symptoms
It is true that the majority of people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, but about 20% of people will have a serious case which can require hospitalization. People who are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 include older people (especially over the age of 60) and people with chronic health conditions such as heart and lung disease and diabetes. Our healthcare system is used to the amount of patients who come in during a regular flu season. With COVID-19, since it is a new virus and no one has immunity, and there is no vaccine or treatment, it could cause a surge to healthcare facilities and strain resources. It is critical that we implement social distancing so that the health care system can better manage the flow of people seeking care. This is referred to as “flattening the curve.”
During these difficult times, when many have had their normal work routines disrupted, it is important to establish a new schedule. Stick to the same sleep and wake times as you usually would. Schedule breaks and eat meals at the same time you normally would. Make time for socializing via FaceTime or phone. Stay informed but avoid overconsumption of media.
Visit Workforce Services for help filing for unemployment or finding a job. More resources can be found on the Frederick County COVID-19 Resources page. For financial resources, read the COVID-19 Health Crisis: Financial Relief Guide for Marylanders.
Here are local, state and federal resources to help businesses whose daily operations are affected during the state of emergency:
For physical distancing concerns, please contact the local law enforcement non-emergency line.
For concerns about a business, please email FCHDBusinessInfo@FrederickCountyMD.gov or call 301-600-6200.
By staying home, you are already doing the most important thing you can to help control the spread of the disease and flatten the curve. If you are looking for other ways to help our community, check out some of the opportunities listed on the Frederick County COVID-19 page by clicking on the How Can I Help? tab.
Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.
We are still learning about this virus, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations. Treat pets as you would other human family members – do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household. If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets. When possible, have someone else care for your animals while you are sick to avoid contact with your pet.
If your pet is sick or injured, contact your veterinarian to find out which services are considered essential. Veterinarians are considered essential employees. For more information, visit CDC: If You Have Animals.
Parents/guardians must renew a child’s medication/treatment authorization forms at the beginning of each school year. FCPS has posted medication/treatment authorization forms at www.fcps.org/forms. They are also available at each school.
To assure the safety of your child please contact the registered nurse assigned to your child’s school immediately. If you child requires an EpiPen your child’s health care provider must complete an Authorization for Management of Anaphyalaxis Form. EpiPens are administered in accordance with the Frederick County Public School policy. The registered nurse will train the health room technician and designated FCPS staff on the administration of the EpiPen.
Proof of immunizations is required to register your child for school. The immunization required for your child to attend school must be up to date prior to attending
From Route 15, take the Rosemont Avenue Exit (turn right if coming north and left if coming south on 15). Montevue Lane is a left-hand turn at the traffic lights in front of Fort Detrick (fourth light on Rosemont).
Here is the list of items you need to bring.