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Take Precautions to Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

Summer weather has arrived and with it comes a high chance of heat-related illnesses.  Ramsey County has an extreme heat webpage with tips for staying safe and healthy.  Public Health reminds residents to check on relatives, neighbors, seniors and others with health conditions that are vulnerable to extreme heat, to make sure they are staying hydrated and safe.

For more information on Extreme Heat | Tips to avoid heat-related illnesses (pdf)
Cooling Spaces in Ramsey County - Libraries | Beaches & Pools | Recreation Centers
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BizRecycling is a free program to help Ramsey and Washington County businesses and institutions save money by becoming more efficient, reducing waste and lowering garbage bills.

For more information on BizRecycling

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Protect Yourself from Tick Bites

Last winter’s heavy snowfall likely helped the survival of ticks that can carry disease, prompting state health officials to urge precautions against tick bites. The highest risk from disease-carrying ticks is typically now through mid-July. The most common tick-borne diseases in Minnesota are Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis. If you spend time outdoors in grassy, woody or brushy areas, use repellent to reduce the risk of disease:

  • DEET-based repellents (up to 30 percent DEET) can be applied to clothing or skin.
  • Pre-treating fabric with permethrin-based repellents can protect against tick bites for at least two weeks.

For more information on Tick-transmitted Diseases

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County Offers New Prescription Discount Program
Ramsey County is partnering with a free national discount prescription savings program that could save residents money on medications and health care costs. The Coast2Coast Rx Card Program offers savings on medications, dental, vision, and hearing services; plus discounts on lab and imaging tests and diabetes supplies and equipment for all family members. The program also offers discounts on pet prescriptions and veterinary services. The RX Card is free and available to any County resident, regardless of income, age or health status.

Information about the Coast2Coast Rx card is now available at Ramsey County offices including the Public Health Center, 555 Cedar Street in St. Paul, and Ramsey County libraries. Information is also available at a variety of pharmacies, clinics and other community locations. Residents can also print out the Rx card online and view the nearest participating locations.

For more information on Coast2Coast Rx Card ProgramNews Release (pdf) | Poster (pdf) 


Contact Information:
DURING Regular Office Hours  (Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

  • If you need information about Public Health programs in Ramsey County or want to report a natural or human-caused emergency that may have serious public health consequences, call 651.266.2400.
  • If you need police, fire or medical personnel to respond, call 911.
  • If you are ill, contact your health care provider. 
  • If you are a physician calling to report an infectious disease, please call 651.201.5414 or 1.877.676.5414. 

AFTER Regular Office Hours  (After 4:30 pm on weekdays, all-day Saturday, Sunday and holidays)

  • If you are ill, contact your health care provider.
  • If you need police, fire or medical personnel to respond, call 911.
  • To report a natural or human-caused emergency that may have serious public health consequences AFTER regular business hours, call 911.