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The Eastern Shore Health District encompasses the Virginia portion of the Delmarva Peninsula, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean (the “seaside”) and the Chesapeake Bay (“the bayside”). The Eastern Shore is known as the land of pleasant living, where people enjoy “living like you like it”. We are home to some of the most productive shellfish growing waters in the world, many vineyards and wineries, and we produce most of the vegetables grown in the Commonwealth. Many of these culinary delights are available in our local eateries.

The Environmental Health Staff for the Eastern Shore Health District consists of one Environmental Health Manager, one Environmental Health Supervisor, two Environmental Health Technical Specialists, six Environmental Health Specialists, and 3 Office Service Specialists. Every day this team protects the health of our residents, visitors, and our environment through a wide range of programs.

The Environmental Health section conducts site evaluations and issues permits for septic systems and private wells where conditions allow. Other services include rabies prevention and post-exposure management, environmental assessment of lead hazards, investigation of environmental complaints, follow-up and correction of sources of pollution identified during shoreline surveys conducted by the Division of Shellfish Sanitation, and recreational water quality monitoring at our public beaches. The Environmental Health section also permits and conducts health evaluations at: 40 migrant labor camps that house over 2700 farmworkers and family members, more than 80 tourist establishments with seasonal evaluations of tourist establishment swimming pools, and 125 marinas and boat moorings. The Environmental Health section also inspects and permits over 220 food establishments including schools, day care centers, summer food program preparation and feeding sites; and over 240 additional temporary food establishment inspections at festival events. A food manager’s certification course on food protection practices is offered at least twice a year.

On this website, you can view the most current inspections for all food establishments within the Eastern Shore Health District that are permitted under the state restaurant regulations.