Communicable disease is defined as "illness due to a specific infectious agent or its toxic products that arises through transmission of that agent or its products from an infected person, animal, or reservoir to a susceptible host, either directly or indirectly through an intermediate plant or animal host, vector, or the inanimate environment." Communicable disease pathogens include bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and prions.
Communicable diseases can have a significant impact on the population. The surveillance and control of such diseases is an important part of protecting the public's health. The Communicable Disease program primarily deals with infectious diseases that are reportable by law.
The program also deals with other communicable diseases of public health significance, such as:
For additional information please visit the NC Communicable Disease website.
The program responsibilities include:
Rabies is a vaccine preventable disease in humans, dogs, cats and ferrets as well as some domestic livestock. All mammals are susceptible to rabies and it is nearly always fatal. Rabies can be prevented in humans with timely and appropriate treatment. In North Carolina the disease most often occurs in wild animals especially skunks, raccoons, bats and foxes. Raccoon rabies is present in the raccoon population in virtually every North Carolina county. For additional information on Rabies please visit:
STD and HIV prevention and control services includes providing clinical services, education and awareness efforts and monitoring disease trends through surveillance and epidemiology. STD Clinic provides testing, treatment and education at no cost to the client for:
Our Immunization Clinic provides vaccines to people of all ages, including those traveling internationally. Public Health offers vaccines for preventable diseases to reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases within Union County. The following vaccines are offered through our immunization clinic:
In addition to vaccines, Blood Titer testing is available for the following:
With the mission of public health to promote health, prevent disease and protect the community, International Travel Immunizations allow us to assist those traveling internationally the opportunity for disease protection. A Registered Nurse will review travel itinerary, provide immunization education and vaccination(s). A Vaccination record will be provided to you for your records.
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The adopted six-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is largely based on the Comprehensive Water and Wastewater Master Plan completed and approved by the Board of County Commissioners in December 2011. The comprehensive plan provides a 20-year projection of system needs based on current population growth trends (2.4% during the planning window), population distribution trends and historical demand data, among a number of other factors. The adopted CIP addresses the water and wastewater system needs for improvement, expansion, maintenance, rehabilitation and renewal. The CIP plan strives to strike a balance between the system expansion needs and the ongoing maintenance needs, while ensuring the capacity and affordability of the system.
Below is a list of current infrastructure projects part of the CIP" then put a link to the PDF of the spreadsheet.
The Union County Board of Commissioners adopted an annual program to allow Union County Public Works to extend water service and provide an environmental benefit to citizens in Union County. The program started July 1, 2012 and recurs July 1 of each year pending program funding and Board approval. Union County Public Works will offer a limited number of property owners funding assistance for residential and non-residential short water line extensions.
Funding assistance will be limited and will apply to the first 1,000 linear feet of pipeline needed to connect to the County water system. If more than 1,000 linear feet of pipeline is required for the connection, it will be paid by the property owner except in situations where a documented health hazard exist. All property owners who participate in this program will also be responsible for payment of tap, capacity and meter installation fees.
For more information on the Short Water Line Extension Program contact the Engineering Division at 704-296-4214.
You can view an interactive map of County water, sewer, and building initiatives by clicking here.
CIP Program Manager
Scott Huneycutt, PE
Engineering Division Director
The Engineering Division of Public Works is responsible for the management and implementation of those capital improvement projects necessary to maintain and expand our water and wastewater utility system to meet the current and future needs of our customers.
Union County Public Works funds the capital improvement program from rates and fees charged to our customers. Our current capital improvement program was developed from those projects identified in the 2011 Water and Sewer Master Plan approved by the Board of County Commissioners which includes those improvement necessary to assure sufficient system capacity to serve future development, such as water and wastewater treatment plants and major transmission lines.