Count on Me NC is a mutual commitment to keep everyone healthy and safe as restrictions due to COVID-19 are relaxed. This program is a collaboration between NC DHHS (DPH), NC State University, the NC Restaurant and Lodging Association, and VISIT NC (Tourism/Agritourism). The program is voluntary, free, and non-regulatory and includes training and best practice processes for food establishments (mangers, front of house, and back of house staff) to follow. This will aid in protecting employees as well as patrons from COVID-19.
Union County Environmental Health supports the Count on Me NC initiative and the program’s evidence-based COVID-19 training that was developed by public health officials and food safety experts. This initiative will provide a vital roadmap for reopening food establishments and other businesses during this challenging time. Our Environmental Health team will participate in the training, provide best practice guidance, and utilize the program checklist as a supplement to our established regulatory inspection activities.
Effective March 17, 2020, there will be two changes affecting the soil/site evaluation process:
Property owner or applicant must provide a backhoe (minimum 2’ wide bucket) with trained operator for site evaluations performed on individual lots and subdivisions (new septic systems). In lieu of a backhoe, the property owner or applicant may submit soil and site evaluation documentation as required by NC Session Law 2018-114, for each lot prepared by a North Carolina Licensed Soil Scientist.
The maximum acreage evaluated per Improvement Permit (site evaluation) application is limited to 3.0 acres.
The Environmental Health Division of Union County Public Health endeavors to promote and protect public health by conducting daily activities designed to prevent disease, educate the public and enforce regulations. Three primary programs operate within Environmental Health: the Food, Lodging and Institutions Program, the Children’s Environmental Health Program and the On-site Water Protection Program.
*Non-Discrimination Policy: All public health services are provided without regard to race, color, national origin, disability or handicap.
Environmental Health Concerns in the Community
If you have a concern about an Environmental Health issue, please use the following link to request a follow-up.