County Health Departments


March 25, 2019 - 
There has been a confirmed case of the rabies virus in the surrounding area that is believed to be from an encounter with a wild animal. Rabies is an infectious viral disease that affects the nervous system. Rabies can be spread through bites, scratches, and direct contact to the infected animal’s saliva.
With spring bringing warm weather, animals and people alike will be spending more time outdoors. Here are some things you can do to protect yourself and your pet from rabies:
  • Visit your veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, ferrets, and dogs. Horses and other livestock animals can also be susceptible to the rabies virus.
  • Maintain control of your pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision and on a leash.
  • Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly.
  • Call animal control or your local law enforcement to remove all stray animals from your neighborhood since these animals may be unvaccinated or ill.
  • Do not touch or handle wild or stray animals as they may harbor the rabies virus even if they do not look ill.
  • If your pet is bitten by a wild or stray animal, seek veterinary attention immediately.
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FEB 11, 2019 - Announcement from GDHD Environmentalist Rebekkah Layne regarding online food safety certification.

It has come to my attention that there is reportedly someone claiming that the Rowan County Health Center is offering an online food handlers training certification.

The environmental division of the Gateway District Health Department has NEVER offered any sort of online certification for food safety, nor do we accept such certification.

Upon further investigation, I have confirmed with the Kentucky State Food Safety Branch in Frankfort that this similar web address has been attached to fraudulent behavior before. The address attached to the website is that of the Rowan County Parole Office; I contacted them and they have never offered any sort of training online either (which would also be prohibited).

The website address is .

Floods and Fires
Kentucky Department for Public Health webpage on Mold

More mold information:
Mold 1
Mold 2
Mold 3
Mold 4

Hepatitis A Environmental Health Toolkit

List of Certified Septic System Installers - 2018

As a follow up to the "See Something, Say Something"campaign email, the Kentucky Food Safety Branch has been advised by our state Office of Homeland Security, that a 24/7 tip line for the reporting of suspicious activity has been established.  Kentucky businesses, including food establishments, are encouraged to utilize the tip line and the online reporting tool.
To report suspicious activity by phone - 1-866-EYE-ON-KY ( 1-866-393-6659)
To report suspicious activity online -


Signs for the Restaurant:

Links for Food Handlers:

Food Defense and Safety Resources:

Food Service Staff - Preventing the Spread of Illness:

Recent outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness makes it more important than ever to follow safe food handling practices.  Please click HERE to see steps your establishment can take to reduce the chances of spreading gastrointestinal illness.


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