October 30, 2014
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Health Department

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The mission of Fargo-Cass Public Health is to assure a healthy community for all people through on-going assessment, education, advocacy, intervention, prevention and collaboration.

Fargo Cass Public Health

Phone: (701) 241-1364(701) 476-6729
Fax: (701) 476-6690
Address: 401 3rd Ave N. Fargo, ND 58102
Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday *Closed legal holidays


Health Department Information

Authority
The Board of Health shall be the Board of City Commissioners. The Board of Health shall have and exercise all powers under the law. The City Health Officer shall be the executive officer of such board. The Board of City Commissioners may appoint one or more assistant City Health Officers to aid the City Health Officer in the performance of his duty.  Ordinance 15-0101

Other Information
Please refer to the City of West Fargo Ordinances regarding the Health Department.  Chapter 15

 Information regarding the H1N1 virus (swine flu).  The North Dakota Department of Health offers these recommendations for avoiding infection:
•      As always, if you are sick you should say home from work or school to avoid spreading the infection to others.
•      Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
•      Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
•      Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
•      Wash hands frequently.
•      People experiencing cough, fever and fatigue, possibly along with diarrhea and vomiting should contact their doctor. If you have recently traveled to an area with confirmed cases, make sure your doctor knows your travel history.
•      The CDC is recommending that any non-essential travel to Mexico be cancelled.

For more information from the Center for Disease Control, please click here.  For information from the State of North Dakota,please click here.

The Fargo Cass Public Health Department regulates the following environmental programs:

 

Food Service Inspections

  • Temporary food
  • Mobile food units 
  • Restaurants/caterers
  • Bakeries
  • Grocery/convenience
  • Bar/taverns
  • Meat markets
  • Soft serve ice cream units 
  • Epidemiological Investigations
  • Investigate possible foodborne outbreaks
  • Investigate possible waterborne outbreaks
  • Investigate other communicable diseases
  • Institutional Inspection
  • Public and private schools/food
  • Preschools
  • Hospitals/food
  • Nursing homes/assisted living
  • Centers/food
  • Group homes/food
  • Day Cares
  • Fraternities/sororities/food
  • Hotels/motels
  • Private/Public Water Supplies
  • Community systems
  • Bottled water
  • Non-community systems
  • Water treatment machines
  • Public and private wells
  • V.A. and F.H.A. water sampling
  • Environmental Health Complaints
  • Tall weeds and grass
  • Garbage, junk and trash
  • Abandoned automobiles
  • Odor problems
  • Animal waste
  • Excess building materials
  • Mosquitoes/WNV issues
  • Stagnant Water
  • Outdoor Air Quality
  • Monitor outdoor air sampling stations
  • Monitor open-burning variances
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Enforce “no smoking” areas in restaurants
  • Consultation and information for indoor air quality
  • Monitor indoor hockey arenas
  • Body Art/Cosmetic Makeup Establishments
  • License and inspect all commercial establishments
  • Permanent makeup or cosmetic regulations
  • On-Site Sewer Systems
  • Inspection and approval of new/updated systems
  • Consultation of system design
  • Existing sewer evaluation

Swimming Pools and Whirlpools

  • Weekly and monthly water quality testing
  • Annual facility inspections
  • Approve new pool plans
  • Consultation and information
  • Underground/Aboveground Storage Tanks and Related Petroleum Equipment

  • Monitor for petroleum contamination associated with spills and/or releases
  • Consultation and information regarding environmental compliance
  • Approve and regulate land farms used to recycle contaminated soil
  • Hazardous Material Response Team

  • Provide support for local fire departments associated with hazardous releases/spills
  • Advise and monitor proper clean up and disposal of hazardous wastes
  • Provide information for the media and associated agencies
  • Notify State and Federal agencies
  • Groundwater Pollution

  • Monitor the excavation of contaminated soil, which might impact groundwater
  • Monitor sewage lagoons in order to comply with standards
  • Animal Control

  • License and inspect commercial pet stores
  • Provide assistance with rodent, bird and animal problems
  • Education Program

  • Field training for student nurses and internships
  • Conduct classroom and requested presentations
  • Provide written pamphlet and handout information
  • Provide information for media and associated agencies
  • Miscellaneous or Requested Inspections

  • Boarding Homes, fairgrounds, jails, private residences, businesses, churches or detention facilities. Social service visits upon request.
  • Laws, Mandates and Regulations

  • 2001 Food Sanitation Manual adopted by the Fargo City Ordinance
  • 1993 Cass County rules & regulations governing On-site Sewage Disposal Systems
  • 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act
  • North Dakota State Solid Waste Management (Regulations 23-29-01)
  • North Dakota State Air Pollution Control (Regulations 23-25-01-R23-25-11)
  • North Dakota State Child Care (Regulations 75-03-10 & 75-03-11)
  • Bioterrorism

  • Retrieve and submit samples for analysis
  • Assist with isolation
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