Health Department

Joel Strasz - Public Health Officer
Andre Reed - Deputy Health Officer
Emily Nelson - Public Health Nursing Services Manager
Melissa Opheim - Public Health Services Manager/EPC
Amy Revette - WIC Manager
Mark Pickell - Business Services Manager
Joel Kwiatkowski - Environmental Health Manager
Dr. Thomas Bender - Medical Director
Dr. William Morrone - Medical Examiner
Bay County Health Department
1200 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4009
Fax: (989) 895-4014

Press Releases

2023 Press Releases

Bay County Health Department Promotes Safe Marijuana Storage

Bay County Health Department Partners with My Community Dental Centers on Kindergarten Round Up Event

Two Rabies-positive Bats Detected in Bay County

Bay County Health Department Provides Information About the End of the Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19

Bay County Health Department Recognizes World Tuberculosis Day

Bay County Health Department Acknowledges National Groundwater Awareness Week

2022 Press Releases

Bay County Health Department Completes Project to Map and Inventory Septic Systems within the Kawkawlin River Watershed Area

Bay County Health Department Hosts Walk-in Clinic Day for Flu Shots on Oct. 24

Bay County Health Department and Molina Healthcare Collaborate on offering Vaccinations and Health Screenings for Kindergarteners Going Back to School

Monkeypox virus (MPV) evaluation, testing, treatment, and vaccination for post-exposure prophylaxis

2020 Press Releases

COVID-19 Press Releases can be found by clicking here

My Community Dental Center (MCDC) Now Open and Offering Affordable & Quality Dental Care in Bay County


2019 Press Releases

Health Department Warns of 'Spoofing' Phone Scams

Health Department News Release - Filter Distribution in Essexville

Lifting of Closure - S. Linwood and Brissette Beach 6/24/19 

Beach Closure - Brissette Beach 6/21/19 

Beach Closure - S. Linwood Beach 6/20/19

Lifting of Closure - S. Linwood and Brissette Beach 6/17/19 

Lifting of Kawkawlin River Advisory - 6/15/19 

Lifting of Closure - S. Linwood Beach 6/13/19 

Beach Closures - Brissette and Wenona Beaches - 5/29/19

Hearing and Vision Screening 


2018 Press Releases

Bat Found in Bay County Tested Positive for Rabies

Increase in Norovirus Cases 

Hearing and Vision Screening

Flu Vaccination Clinics 

Bay County Health Department Receives Directors Award 


2017 Press Releases 

Rise in Flu Cases

Hearing and Vision

Flu Vaccine Clinic Schedule 

Hepatitis A News Release 

World AIDS Day 


2016 Press Releases 

Lead Testing in Bay County

Rise in Flu Cases

Community Nursing Award

Household Hazardous Waste 

Beach Closure

Hearing and Vision Schedule

Flu Clinic Schedule 


2015 Press Releases

University Clinic Opening

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Heroin/Opiate Overdose Advisory

Hearing and Vision Screenings

Flu Vaccination Clinics 


2014 Press Releases

March is National Nutrution Month

County Health Rankings

National Public Health Week

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Bay County Health Department Begins Mercury Collections


2013 Press Releases

2013 County Health Rankings Now Available

Bay County Health Department Receives Oral Health Mini Grant

2013-2014 Hearing and Vision Screening Program

Avian Influenza (H7N9)>

Fall Flu Vaccination Clinics

Household Hazardous Waste Removal

Linwood Meningitis Case


2012 Press Releases

Patient Notifications Extended to Anyone Who Received ANY Injectable Medication From NECC

Meningitis Information for the Community

6 Confirmed Meningitis Cases in Michigan

West Nile Virus Found in Bay County Mosquitoes

Summer Heat Safety

2012/2013 Hearing and Vision Screening Program

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Fall Flu Clinic