DCHD Environmental Health Inspections Middletown Township Update

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On April 2nd, 2022, the Delaware County Health Department (DCHD) received its approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to exercise its powers and duties as a county health department. Following a decision by the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas as to its jurisdiction, beginning January 1, 2023, DCHD will begin services under the Division of Environmental Health in MiddletownTownship. These services include:

Conducting routine, follow up, plan review and complaint inspections for food facilities, public bathing places, institutions (early childhood learning centers, hospitals, long term care facilities, and schools), temporary events serving food, farmer's markets, mobile food facilities, organized camps and campgrounds and mobile home parks.

Implement the Mosquito Borne Disease Control program.

Investigate animal bites to humans.

Investigate public health nuisances and complaints.

Investigate environmental hazards.

Monitor compliance of our Delaware County Health Codes and our federal and state health regulations.

Investigate adverse health events and conditions from communicable disease like food, water, air, and vector borne outbreaks.

Businesses with a permit from Middletown Township for one of the facilities listed above whichexpires on or after January I, 2023, must contact the DCHD at least 30 days prior to its expirationregarding a renewal to ensure that you continue to be duly licensed. Middletown Township will no longer be responsible for issuing these permits and will refer all inquiries and renewal applications to the DCHD.

Should a business’s facility license/permit/certification expire before January 1, 2023, Delaware County Health Department will grant an extension of its existing local license with the understanding that the business will renew or apply with DCHD on or after January 1, 2023.

Accordingly, you will not be subjected to late fees or expired licensing fees throughout the end of 2022.

The Wellness Line can be reached at 484—276-2100 or Environmental@co.delaware.pa.us.

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