Communicable disease is any infectious disease that can be transmitted from person to person, animal to person, or animal to animal. The goal of the Health Department is to stop the spread of these infections through public education, disease surveillance, and implementation of control measures. Information on specific disease can be found at the Center for Disease Control website.


novel-coronavirus Covid-19

The novel-coronavirus is a new respiratory disease.  The outbreak began in China is caused by a virus known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. (2019 nCoV).  Symptoms include mild to severe respiratory illness with a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Visit our Covid-19 page here.

Foodborne Illness Clinical Investigation

All cases of reported foodborne illness are investigated by the Health Department. A thorough food history is completed to determine the cause. The nursing department works closely with our Environmental Health to track the source of infection and implement control measures to stop the spread of the infection.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. The illness can be mild or quite severe. To find out how it spreads, what are the symptoms and what to do if you are sick, click here

Vaccinations are available for those over age 19 who qualify.  To ask questions or schedule a free appointment call 443.523.1700.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is know as a silent epidemic because most people with Hepatitis C do not know they are infected. Baby boomers, those born between 1945 – 1965, are at a higher risk and likely to have become infected during the 1970s and 1980s.  For details on symptoms, transmission, and treatment, go to the cdc.gov website. 

The health department offers free testing.  It is a simple one drop of blood test and can be done quickly and at no cost. Call 443.523.1700 for an appointment today! 

HIV/AIDS Programs


A free clinic is scheduled one day per week to provide clinician evaluation and treatment. Patients are seen on an appointment basis.

Tuberculosis Testing & Treatment

M. Tuberculosis is a highly contagious bacteria that can cause infection and disease in any part of the human body.  However, when tuberculosis attacks the lungs, it can be spread when the person coughs, sneezes or sings.  The top priority of the Health Department is to assure that a person with active TB is completely treated by providing Directly Observed Therapy at no charge.  Next is the prompt identification and screening of TB contacts.  Somerset County residents who are infected with Latent TB Infection are offered preventative therapy at no charge in an effort to prevent active disease in the future.  

Administrative Care Coordination / Ombudsman Program

443-523-1700 Administrative Care Coordination/Ombudsman Program This program provides education and outreach to Medical Assistance (MA) recipients to increase awareness of Medical Assistance Programs. Assists beneficiaries to navigate the Medicaid/HealthChoice Program Serves as a resource for beneficiaries and providers Helps beneficiaries to understand and utilize their Medicaid benefits Educates on the importance of preventive health care…

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Reproductive Health – Family Planning; Pregnancy Testing; STI Services

  443-523-1700 Somerset County Health Department offers a variety of reproductive health services to teens and women of childbearing age, as well as males. Routine GYN exams Screening for cervical cancer (pap smear) Screening for sexually transmitted infections, including testing for HIV Variety of birth control methods, information and education Pregnancy testing, counseling, and referral…

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HIV – Human Immunodeficiency Virus

443-523-1740 HIV/AIDS EDUCATION Public presentations are given upon request to community agencies including schools, churches, social organizations, and businesses. The Health Department regularly participates in community health fairs as a means to provide outreach. HIV information is provided regularly through our Substance Abuse, Family Planning, Healthy Start and Sexually Transmitted Infection programs. HIV/AIDS COUNSELING &…

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