Washington County Board of Health approves new director

WASHINGTON — Pending approval from the county Board of Supervisors, Washington County will have a new Environmental Health Director in Jason Taylor, following the retirement of current director, Jennine Wolf.

At the Washington County Board of Health meeting on Thursday, June 18, Taylor was nominated to fill the position with a starting hourly salary of $28.75 beginning July 1. Currently Taylor serves as the environmental health specialist for the county.

In other news, Public Health Director Danielle Pettit-Majewski announced there were 209 positive cases of COVID-19 in the county and 1,941 residents had been tested so far. More tests had been conducted, she said, because some individuals were tested multiple times.

“We’ve seen people test negative and then a couple days later they’ll test positive. We especially saw that as we tested people in long term care,” she said.

Rumors have been spreading about possible outbreaks, she said, but have not been confirmed.

“We’re hearing rumblings of uncontrolled outbreaks that have not necessarily been tested so we’re trying to keep an eye out for that and help as we can,” she said.

Currently the department is looking to the future as to how it will proceed with programming. Traditionally the department hosts dental screenings for students before school begins, but the decision on whether or not the department is allowed into the building is out of the department’s hands, she said.