On Basin Now

December 04, 2017

The TriCounty Health Department is providing the community with information on Hepatitis A and how to prevent exposure and infection. While the state health department has announced that there is an outbreak in the state, TriCounty Health Director Jordan Mathis says there are no confirmed cases in the TriCounty Health District at this time. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection of the Hep A virus. The Utah Department of Health reports that between May 1st and November 27th, 87 outbreak-associated cases of Hepatitis A have been identified mostly along the Wasatch Front and are connected to illicit drug use and/or those experiencing homelessness but it has still been warned that there is no guarantee it won’t spread beyond that. Mathis says the best form of prevention is getting vaccinated. The vaccine is especially recommended for children and people with extra risk factors or medical conditions. It is also recommended for residents traveling to international countries. The vaccine is administered in two shots, six months apart and both are needed to have long term protection. For more information on Hepatitis A and how to keep your family safe, visit


On Basin Now

December 08, 2017

The Uintah County Teen Outreach Program has teamed up with TriCounty Health Department to help babies and raise awareness for congenital heart defects. The Teen Outreach Program is in both Uintah and Duchesne County and the youth acquire 20 hours of community service learning. This year the group chose Little Hats, Big Hearts as their focus. “Our goal is to be able to donate 50 red crocheted or knitted hats to be given to newborns during the month of February,” shares TriCounty Health Educator Katie Lucio. Donations need to be in cotton or acrylic yarn and must be submitted by January 5th. TriCounty is even providing red yarn for youth to use to make the infant hats at home. Donation boxes will be at the Roosevelt and Vernal health departments and all are asked to consider helping this worthy goal.


On Basin Now

December 19, 2017

While flu activity has been minimal so far this season, health officials are still encouraging preventative measures. TriCounty health locations offer flu vaccines including those that are egg free for those with allergies and high dose for those over 50 years old. “Last year,” shares TriCounty PIO Liberty Best, “we saw a rise in Flu cases later in the year. There is still time and we encourage people to protect themselves by getting vaccinated against the Flu.” Data from the state shows that last year, cases of the flu shot up at the end of December. TriCounty Health District has had one reportable case of hospitalized influenza so far this season to date. The state also tracks the weekly student absenteeism rates on their Influenza report and the TriCounty Health District is just above the state average at 5.5 students absent per 100 per day.