Press Releases

Baltimore City Health Department Announces Start of the Code Red Extreme Heat Season

BALTIMORE, MD (Wednesday, May 15, 2024)—On Wednesday, May 15, the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) announced the start of Baltimore City’s Code Red Extreme Heat season, spanning from May 15 to September 15. The Code Red Extreme Heat Program is a collaboration across multiple agencies to address the effects of extreme heat on the residents of Baltimore City. Throughout the summer months, various City agencies engage in public education among residents about the health consequences of prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Additionally, community outreach initiatives are conducted to provide information about energy assistance programs tailored for older adults and other vulnerable populations. 

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notification

Department of Public Works sewer overflow map at the link 

Health Commissioner Extends Code Red Extreme Heat Alert Through Friday

With the heat index continuing to reach nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Baltimore region, Baltimore City Acting Commissioner of Health, Mary Beth Haller, has extended the previously announced Code Red Extream Heat Alert through Friday, Sept. 8. The heat index is a measure of air temperature and relative humidity and indicates how hot it feels to the human body.

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notification

Department of Public Works sewer overflow map at the link https://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/interactive-maps

Health Commissioner Declares Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for Thursday through Saturday; First of the Season

With temperatures expected to rise in the Baltimore region and the heat index forecasted to reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit the next couple of days, Baltimore City Acting Commissioner of Health, Mary Beth Haller, has issued a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for Thursday, July 27 through Saturday July 29, 2023.  The heat index is a measure of air temperature and relative humidity and indicates how hot it feels to the human body.  This is Baltimore City’s first Code Red Extreme Heat Alert of the season.

Baltimore City Health Department Announces Public Dashboard Tracking Opioid Overdoses

Baltimore, MD— On Monday, the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) announced the launch of a public dashboard to track and report data on opioid overdoses in Baltimore City. The dashboard includes data from 1999 through 2020– the last year for which finalized data is available.

Health Commissioner Declares Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert for Baltimore City Friday Evening

BALTIMORE, MD (February 2, 2023)— With frigid air moving into the area, bringing forecasted wind chills down into the single digits, Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa today issued a Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration for Baltimore City Friday evening, February 3rd through Saturday morning, February 4th.

Health Commissioner Declares First Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert of the Season

BALTIMORE, MD (December 22, 2022)— Temperatures are predicted to fall rapidly tomorrow mid-morning, accompanied by high winds. With windchills expected to fall below 0˚F through this weekend, Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa today issued a Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration for Baltimore City beginning Friday morning, December 23 through Monday morning, December 26.  This is the first Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert for Baltimore City this season.

Baltimore Wins $8.4M Infrastructure Grant for Public Health

Baltimore, MD – The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) was recently awarded a 5-year $8.4M grant that supports investments in the people, services, and systems needed to protect and promote public health in the City.

“This grant supports direct spending on much-needed resources that invest in our depleted workforce following the aftermath of the pandemic,” Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said. “We will use this important funding for public health infrastructure allowing us to establish more resilient internal systems, processes, and protocols.”

State Launches MPX Pre-Registration Site, At-Risk City Residents Encouraged to Register

Baltimore, MD – On Thursday, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) launched the Maryland Statewide Human Monkeypox (MPX) Vaccination Pre-Registration System. The site allows City residents to sign up to be notified when a MPX vaccine opportunity becomes available.

The pre-registration page allows the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) to screen residents for eligibility and match them with available MPX vaccine doses. The new site expands BCHD’s ability to meet the growing demand for an extremely limited number of vaccine doses and appointments in Baltimore.

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