Working Together

...to promote a healthy Cape Cod community through disease prevention and control, health and safety education, environmental protection and emergency preparedness.

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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.


News

Read the Fall Edition of our Health Newsletter!

Check out the fall edition of #BarnstableCounty‘s Community Health Newsletter at https://loom.ly/bJSqMzA. Read about important public health issues impacting Cape Codders as we head into the winter months such as mental health, […]

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Wind Advisory Issued for Barnstable County through Thursday, December 1st

November 30, 2022 | A cold front associated with a strong low-pressure system is approaching from the Southwest, bringing strong winds and rain to our region. Update as of 11/30/22 […]

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics Warn of Increases in Respiratory Viruses this Season

In early November, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MADPH) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a joint letter warning families of an early uptick in the incidence […]

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Resources for FREE COVID-19 Home Tests on Cape Cod

If you have insurance, use it! Individuals and families WITH insurance are strongly encouraged to access free test kits through their insurance provider. In many cases, commercial insurance companies will […]

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Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee Partners with the American Red Cross on Local Sheltering Initiative

October 11, 2022 (Barnstable, MA) | Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian on Florida’s coast, the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) has partnered with the American Red […]

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Simple Preparedness Tips to Help You, Your Family, and Neighbors Stay Safe in an Emergency on Cape Cod

Planning for an emergency can feel like a daunting process, especially when it’s hard to imagine a situation severe enough to warrant the effort. Below is a list of simple […]

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