Public Health


 Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness in people caused by a new virus. It can spread from person to person. This virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, and has now spread to more countries including the United States.
Since this is a new virus, there are still things we do not know, but we are learning more about COVID-19 each day.
Minnesota’s public health community is taking this seriously and planning for cases.
Avoid assumptions about who you think may be sick. Viruses don’t discriminate.

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 Radon Test Kits

Every 25 minutes, one person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer. 

Radon is odorless, colorless and tasteless, so the only way for homeowners to know if their home has radon is to test.  Testing is easy and only takes 3-5 days. 

Radon test kits are available free of charge from Clearwater Country Nursing Service in Bagley.  Call 694-6581 if you have questions. 

 Health Tip: What is BMI?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

Click here to find out more and how to calculate your BMI.

 Healthy Communities

  • SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Program)
  • Health Promotion
  • Seat Belt Safety
  • Farm Safety
  • Bike Safety
  • ECS (Early Childhood Screening)/CCC(Communities Caring for Children)/IFAP (Infant Follow Along Program)
  • WIC (Women Infant Children)/TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
  • School Nursing

 Infectious Disease

  • Immunizations  Immunization Clinic dates and times MIIC (Minnesota Immunization Information Connection)
  • Communicable Disease/TB (Tuberculosis)
  • Lice
  • Influenza

 Environmental Health

  • PH Nuisance/Mold/Meth
  • H20/Floods

Pharmaceutical Waste: Disposing of unwanted medications In the past it was recommended that unwanted medications be disposed of by flushing them down the toilet or drain. This method of disposal can cause pollution in wastewater and can also cause unintentional human exposure to chemicals in medication. Mediations should not be disposed of by flushing down the toilet or a drain.

  • Take unused, unneeded, or expired medications out of their original containers and throw them in the trash.
  • Mix prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and put them in impermeable containers, such as empty cans or non-transparent sealable bags.
  • Flush prescription drugs down the toilet only if the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so.

For more information visit Minnesota Pollution Control Agency online.

Radon: Keeping Your Home Safe  Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that seeps up from the earth. When inhaled, it gives off radioactive particles that can damage cells that line the lung. Long term exposure can lead to lung cancer. Every home in Minnesota should be tested every 2-5 years for radon gas, say state health officials. Testing a home is so important that, as a way to prevent exposure to radon, which can cause lung cancer, health officials are offering a limited number of low-cost test kits to Minnesota homeowners.

For more information and a comprehensive brochure with information on radon risks, testing and mitigation go to

 Disaster Preparedness

  • All hazards/Pan Flu Plan
  • Mass Dispensing
  • Bioterrorism

ECHO offers free 24/7 pre-recorded health information from the Minnesota Department of Health at 1.888.883.8831. It exists to ensure that people with limited English proficiency receive life-saving information. Visit Echo Minnesota for more information.

Minnesota Responds is a partnership that integrates local, regional, and statewide volunteer programs to assist our public health and healthcare systems during a disaster. It is part of a national initiative to coordinate and mobilize health volunteers to respond to emergencies. Whether you are licensed or certified in a health field, active or retired, or a person with an interest in assisting in a health response, we invite you to register with Minnesota Responds. To sign up or for more information visit Minnesota Responds online.

For more information on emergency preparedness go to

 Health Services

  • Case Management
  • Medication Management
  • C&TC
  • Jail
  • Foot Care
  • LTCC
  • PCA Assessment


  • Clearwater County Child Protection Team (CPT)
  • Clearwater County Children Mental Health Collaborative (MHC)
  • Clearwater County Interagency Early Intervention Committee (IEIC)
  • Help Me Grow (HMG)
  • Early Childhood Initiatives (ECI)
  • Clearwater County Citizens for a Violence Free Community (CCCVC)
  • North Country CHS Administration (CHS ADM)