Media Coverage

Grant funds educating El Paso County physicians, dentists about prescribing opiods

February 6, 2017 from The Gazette

El Paso County Public Health has received a grant to better educate physicians and dentists on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines for prescribing opioid painkillers.

Mumps warning in southern Colorado because of mumps in the state

February 6, 2017 from KOAA Channel 5 News Online

Over the previous month more than a dozen cases of the mumps have been reported in the Denver area. It prompted an alert by the State Health Department, which many schools in southern Colorado are taking seriously?

Most Coloradans Not At Risk Of Zika Virus, Say Health Officials

March 16, 2016 from KKTV 11 News Online

The only concern El Paso County residents need to have about the Zika virus is if traveling to an infected country.Tuesday, the El Paso County health department gave county commissioners an update about the Zika virus. Health officials stressed that the mosquito that carries the virus cannot live in Colorado because of the altitude and temperature.

Get your well water tested for bacteria at the El Paso County Public Health Lab

March 8, 2016 from Fox 21 News Online

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is concerning chemical contaminants, but bacteria can pose a threat too. Bacteriological water potability test kits are available at the El Paso County Public Health Lab for $21.

Strength of MMR vaccine questioned amid mumps outbreak

February 25, 2016 from KOAA Channel 5 News Online

Colorado health officials are asking hospitals across the state to watch out for cases of the mumps. Six people in Denver have come down with the disease so far in 2016, and officials are calling it an outbreak.

HPV infections in teens drop by more than half nationally

February 24, 2016 from Fox 21 News Online

El Paso County health officials said there’s no better time to get the HPV vaccine than right now. They offer the vaccine to children as early as 9 years old. You can receive the HPV vaccine up until the age of 26. If you’re 26 years old right now, you can still start the dosage and continue on from there.

Tests find chemicals in water near Colorado Springs

February 23, 2016 from The Gazette

Residents in Security-Widefield who have private wells near Fountain Creek should check their water for excess chemicals, federal officials said.

A lot of El Paso County teens commit suicide; schools and government have taken notice

February 17, 2016 from Colorado Springs Independent

Colorado has the seventh highest suicide rate in the US. In El Paso County between 2012 and 2014, the county recorded 24 youth suicides (ages 10 to 18) for a rate of 9.39 deaths per 100,000 youths, while the state had 140 youth suicides, for a rate of 7.41 deaths per 100,000 youths.

CSPD invests $30,000 to equip officers with opioid antidote Naloxone

January 14, 2016 from The Gazette

The announcement comes as local, state and national health officials grapple with an epidemic of opioid overdoses, due to rising heroin use and use of powerfully addictive prescription drugs, such as Oxycodone or Fentanyl.

Your Healthy Family: Testing for Radon in El Paso County

January 11, 2016 from KOAA Channel 5 News Online

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and El Paso County Public Health is offering free radon test kits this month.

Healthy habits to fight off illness

January 7, 2016 from Fox 21 News

Germs run rampant this time of year and in Colorado Springs a bad bug is infecting a lot of people. The good news is there are ways to prevent getting it.

El Paso County Public Health offering low-cost flu shot walk-in clinics

January 5, 2016 from KRDO News Channel 13

El Paso County Public Health is hosting low-cost flu shot walk-in clinics today and next Tuesday.The clinic accepts Medicaid for adults and children and will give low-cost vaccines to those with no insurance or whose insurance doesn't cover vaccines. It will also work with patients who have difficulty paying.