The Department of Health and Environment was established in 1926 to provide regional efficiencies throughout the 15 towns of Barnstable County, while supporting the autonomy of local boards of health. The Department provides a diversity of services that promote public health and environmental protection, from emergency planning, to monitoring of water, land, and air, to disease prevention, inspectional services, COVID-19 pandemic response, and even the practical application of providing loans for septic system repair and replacement. The physical and mental well-being of Barnstable County’s residents, alongside protection of our sensitive ecosystems, are our top priorities.


September 28th is World Rabies Day

“While rabies is a 100% preventable disease, nearly 60,000 people die from the disease around the world each year. World Rabies Day is an opportunity to reflect on our efforts to control […]

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Barnstable County Public Health Nursing Division to Hold a Flu Vaccine Clinic on October 11

Barnstable County Public Health Nursing Division is holding a flu vaccination clinic on Wednesday, October 11th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the Harborview Conference Room. If you are interested, […]

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Resources for FREE COVID-19 Home Tests on Cape Cod

Updated 9/25/2023 As of September 25, 2023, every household in the U.S. can now order FREE at-home COVID-19 tests Step 1: Head to COVIDTests.gov to order. Step 2: Fill out […]

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Barnstable County Public Health Nursing Division Launches “Wicked Wellness”

Our Public Health Nursing team is excited to introduce Wicked Wellness, a monthly flyer inspired by relevant health awareness themes! Each edition discusses an important health topic, with helpful exercise tips […]

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Protect yourself and your home from Mosquitoes!

IMPORTANT! Six mosquitoes in the town of Provincetown tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) on September 14th. The species of mosquito, Culiseta melanura, is a bird biting mosquito that […]

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Hurricane Lee: Situational Report #003 – Final Report

Published on: September 16, 2023 Date of Release: Saturday, September 16, 2023 Time of release: 1:00 PM Incident or Event Overview Situation The BCREPC held its final storm coordination meeting […]

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