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


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.


CDC streamlines COVID-19 guidance to help the public better protect themselves and understand their risk

8/11/2022 | CDC is streamlining its COVID-19 guidance to help people better understand their risk, how to protect themselves and others, what actions to take if exposed to COVID-19, and […]

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Provincetown Announces State of Emergency Due to Sewer Failure

August 11, 2022 Affected area = Businesses and residences on the vacuum sewer on Commercial Street between Snow Street and Point Street AND Bradford Street between Conwell Street and Prince […]

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Protect your house from mosquito infestation by cleaning gutters, repairing door and window screens, fill holes, remove toys, buckets, and pots, fix leaky faucets and pipes, cover pools, and change birdbath water.

Protect yourself and your home from Mosquitoes!

Important Update from Cape Cod Mosquito Control Issued 7/25/22: One sample of 45 Cx pipiens/restuans mosquitoes collected on Joint Base Cape Cod on 7/15/22 tested positive for West Nile Virus. Testing is […]

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Wastewater’s Impacts On Natural Dye Plant Growth & Color

What if wastewater wasn’t waste at all? What if the valuable nutrients excreted from our bodies could be captured and recycled for useful means? Out at Barnstable County’s Massachusetts Alternative Septic […]

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Summertime Health and Safety Resources

New England summers can bring hot temperatures and oppressive humidity, especially in July and August. Summertime activity, whether it be recreation, work, or exercise, must be balanced with actions that […]

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WCAI: Managing Wastewater – Practices and Technologies to Keep our Bays, Estuaries, and Aquifers Clean

July 13, 2021 | WCAI’s The Point host Mindy Todd interviews Brian Baumgaertel, Senior Environmental Specialist with the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, Director of the Massachusetts Alternative Septic […]

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