The Ocean County Health Department launched a smartphone app this week, which will enable to agency to provide updates to residents on demand.
The app “features latest public health news, easy access to OCHD programs and services, vaccine and testing clinics, special events calendars, agency contacts, and more,” an announcement said. A special Covid-19 feature is also included on the app with a variety of information from testing and travel advisories, to notifying residents when vaccination clinic appointments become available.
“The Ocean County Health Department has really been looking forward to providing this new free service for all its residents – especially during the pandemic,” said Daniel Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator. “It’s a great resource for people to have on their smartphone or mobile device to keep them informed and safe – and it’s extremely user friendly.”
The app’s specific features include:
- Up-to-the-minute news alerts/push notifications covering OCHD COVID-19 services and data sets, emergency preparedness and Health Alert Network reports, media advisories and press releases covering a wide range of public health topics.
- Users can sign up for alerts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and access links from the CDC and NJ Department of Health (NJDOH). These links offer guidance documents for local businesses, schools, faith-based communities, health care providers and other disease control resources.
A Wellness Check to help determine if an individual has symptoms of COVID-19.
The main menu section of the app highlights trending articles under Health Topics.
Users will find helpful resources under Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the Infectious /Communicable Disease Unit.
Quick click to any OCHD department under the Services and Program feature to find information on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention programs, Health Clinic services and Environmental programs.
For animal lovers, adorable cats and dogs are showcased from the two Ocean County Animal Facilities.