TOMS RIVER – In the war against the coronavirus, the Ocean County Health Department has just added a new weapon to their arsenal, an innovative new mobile app.
The recently launched app can be downloaded for free from Google Play/Android and Apple app stores and provides residents an easy and convenient way to connect them with various programs.
OCHD Public Health Coordinator/Health Officer Daniel Regenye said the app will assist residents locate services, special events, health resources and the latest public health news and topics. A special COVID-19 feature is also included on the app with a variety of information from testing and travel advisories to notifying residents when vaccination clinic appointments become available.
“The Ocean County Health Department has really been looking forward to providing this new free service for all its residents – especially during the pandemic. It’s a great resource for people to have on their smartphone or mobile device to keep them informed and safe – and it’s extremely user friendly,” Regenye said.
“Technology now is allowing us to be proactive by disseminating critical information more timely and consistently,” OCHD Public Information Officer Brian Lippai said
“The timing is right too as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and our residents are craving information about all the latest developments regarding the vaccine roll out process, when clinic appointments open up, testing and so much more,” Lippai added.
Residents will be able to find information available right at their fingertips with just a few clicks. Users can access features including:
- up-to-the-minute news alerts/push notifications covering county COVID-19 services and data
- emergency preparedness and Health Alert Network reports
- press releases covering a wide range of public health topics
- a Wellness Check to help determine if an individual has symptoms of COVID-19
- trending articles under Health Topics
- resources under Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the Infectious /Communicable Disease Unit
- everything you’ll need to know about the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention programs, Health Clinic services and Environmental programs
- For animal lovers, adorable cats and dogs are showcased from the two Ocean County Animal Facilities
Users can sign up for alerts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and access links from the CDC and NJ Department of Health (NJDOH). These links offer guidance documents for local businesses, schools, faith-based communities, health care providers and other disease control resources.