Health Notes: Getting the mold out in Carlton CountyCarlton County is offering two hourlong workshops on mold today at the county transportation building in Carlton, 1630 County Road 61. The first workshop begins at noon. The second is at 5:15 p.m.
By: Compiled by Mike Creger, Duluth News Tribune
Carlton County is offering two hourlong workshops on mold today at the county transportation building in Carlton, 1630 County Road 61. The first workshop begins at noon. The second is at 5:15 p.m.
The sessions are a response to the historic flooding last June that left many homes under water. County and state health officials want to make sure all molds and its harmful spores are eradicated from damaged homes.
The county said in a news release that mold lives in “ideal conditions after a flood-stricken home that was not properly cleaned and dried. Mold can be easily identified and removed, if you know how, but can cause serious health problems if left unattended.”
The first presentation is mainly for professionals like contractors, human services personnel and disaster case managers. Dan Tranter, the indoor air supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Health, will talk about health hazards, identification and remediation of mold.
The second session is designed for the public with similar themes.
Mold can create a variety of health issues, including a sore throat,
irritated eyes, cough and upper respiratory infections. Children, the
elderly, people with respiratory conditions like asthma, and people with weakened immune systems are the most at risk. Anyone exposed to high levels of mold for a long period of time can be at risk.
Future of low-income health care in Minn.
Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson will be in Duluth on Friday for a public meeting on MinnesotaCare, a popular 20-year program providing affordable health-care coverage for the needy.
A discussion between Jesson and area health-care professionals will begin at 10 a.m. at the Miller-Dwan Auditorium at 502 E. Second St. There will be time for audience questions and comments.
The meeting will provide a “state of the program” discussion and Jesson will talk about Gov. Mark Dayton’s plan for funding MinnesotaCare into the future.
Dayton’s proposed budget makes it possible for more people earning 133 to 200 percent of the federal poverty level — roughly $15,000 to $23,000 for a single adult — to get on and stay on Minnesota-Care. By 2016, it is estimated MinnesotaCare will provide coverage for an additional 160,000 residents and nearly 95 percent of the cost will be paid for with federal money.
Let your health-care wishes be known
St. Luke’s will host a free 90-minute informational session on creating health-care directives at 4 p.m. Monday in the 3 East conference room at the hospital.
A health-care directive is a legal, written document that informs family, friends and health-care providers of a patient’s care wishes should he or she become incapacitated and unable to communicate.
Minnesota law allows residents to state in writing whom they appoint to make health-care decisions should they be unable to.
The directive is voluntary. The Minnesota Department of Health says that patients without a directive still will receive care, and people closest to the patient still will be consulted for major decisions.
“The best way to be sure your wishes are followed is to have a health-care directive,” the department states on its website.
The session at St. Luke’s will outline the steps needed to form a directive.
For more information, call (218) 249-6901.