The Health Department oversees many aspects of Public Health in Long Valley. Several of the areas of interest and responsibility for the Health Department may surprise the public. Please select a subject from the list below, for additional information.
Zika Virus spreads to people mainly through the bite of 2 species of Mosquitos, the Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus. Most people have not gotten sick with Zika Virus. Some people do not even know they are infected. The greatest risk for Complications from Zika is to a pregnant woman’s fetus. Pregnant women should avoid traveling to Zika infected areas. If they need to travel they should check with their healthcare provider for travel guidance. Below are websites with important information on Zika and other mosquito borne illnesses:
The Morris County Division of Mosquito Control, www.morrismosquito.org,
Click here for more information about Zika Basics
Click here for more information about Family Vacations and Zika
Click here for more information about Pregnancy, Zika, and Travel.
Click here for more information about Zika and Sex.
Please call the Health Department at 908-876-3650 for general information about this disease.
If you find a dead bird on your property, Monday through Friday, please call the Health Department, on weekends and holidays, call the Police Department at 908-876-3232 . The township will be working with the state to keep track of bird deaths and intends to test crows for the West Nile Virus. Your cooperation is vital to make this effort a success.
For further information you may visit the New Jersey State Health Department web site athttp://www.state.nj/health/ for West Nile Virus Information.
Lyme disease is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme Disease is caused by a bite from an infected deer tick and is usually characterized by a red mark on the skin near the bite and flu-like symptoms that can occur several days to several weeks following the bite.
Wooded and high grassy areas may be infested with deer ticks. When in these areas, dress appropriately and use tick repellents on clothing and/or skin as indicated by the manufacturer. Brush off clothing and pets before entering the house and inspect for ticks. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are very important.
Contact the New Jersey Department of Health at 800-792-8831 or the Township Health Department for more information on Lyme disease, or visit The US Center for Disease Control by clicking the link below.
Please use the links below to access these sites for the most recent news and information.
• NJ Department of Health 2019 Novel Coronavirus Website
• 2019 Novel Coronavirus Public Call Center (NJPIES): 1-800-222-1222
If you have any further questions, please contact the Washington Township Health Department by phone at 908.876.3650 or by email at [email protected]
Preventative Health Measures
If you would like your blood pressure taken by the public health nurse, free of charge, she is available the 4th Thursday of every month. Please call for an appointment. 908-876-3650.
Blood pressure screenings are also given at the Washington Township Senior Center, located in Rock Spring Park on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM.
Families seeking medical care for their chidl(ren) can contact the Public Health Nurse at 908-876-3315 x 1242
Residents seeking cancer screening or primary medical care can contact the Public Health Nurse at 908-876-3315 x 1242
SMAC Blood Testing is held at the Long Valley First Aid Squad building on 70 East Mill Road in the Fall. There is a fee. Please call the Health Department for additional information.
The Health Department runs additional blood screening for a fee at the same time. Please check the upcoming events for additional information
The Health Department holds a flu vaccination clinic in the Fall. Residents are required to be 18 years of age or older. There is a fee. Residents with Part B Medicare must pre-register to avoid paying the fee.
Please call the Health Department for more information, or check the calendar for additional information
- Water Testing
- Corrisive Water
- Certificate of Potability
- Septic Systems
Retail Food Program
The health department’s retail food surveillance program incorporates inspections as well as education and enforcement for ensuring safe food handling practices. All food and drinking establishments are licensed and inspected annually or more frequently if required. Reports of foodborne illness and incidents involving flood, fire, and loss of utility services to food establishments are also investigated.
All retail food establishments, including mobile and temporary facilities, must be licensed. Annual food establishment license applications must be obtained through the Health Department. Applications for temporary food establishment licenses are available on the Township’s “documents” page and must be submitted to the Health Department a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.
Township ordinance requires that all employees who handle food in a retail food establishment maintain a current food handler’s certificate. These certificates, which are good for three years, may be obtained through the health department or through an accredited certifying agency. Retail food establishments categorized as “Risk Type” 2 or 3 must also have a certified Food Protection Manager on staff.
Plan reviews and field inspections are required for construction or remodeling of all retail food establishments. We provide consultation as part of the food facility plan review process for remodeling and/or new construction.
There is the potential for a lead exposure resulting from paint disturbance or removal due to renovation work on houses built prior to 1971 . Exposure to lead is of particular concern to Nursing or pregnant women and children. The improper removal of lead paint may produce lead containing paint chips, dust, smoke or fumes which can cause serious health problems.
There are State regulations regarding the abatement of lead-based paint. If you feel you may have lead paint in your home, contact one of the approved lead hazard evaluators and abatement companies before you do work. Please contact the Health Department at 908-876-3650 or the Building Department at 908-876-4711 for a copy of this list and more information regarding lead paint and its proper removal, or visit the Division of Housing and Community Resources for information on lead abatement programs at http://www.state.nj.us/dca/dhcr/lead.htm.
Radon is a colorless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of radium, which originates in uranium.
Uranium and radium are both commonly found in the soil. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer which results in thousands of deaths each year in the United States. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
Testing for radon is easy and relatively inexpensive. Once identified, elevated radon levels can be remediated with simple construction techniques. Please test your home for radon. Radon test kits may be purchased from the Health Department for $10.00. Please contact the Health Department at 908-876-3650 for more information