Clermont County Public Health reports first COVID-19 death in Clermont County

(BATAVIA, Ohio) – Clermont County Public Health is announcing the first death of a Clermont County resident who tested positive for COVID-19. The patient was a male in his 70’s with underlying health conditions.

“We are saddened by this news and would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this individual,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “This disease has affected our entire community and we are working tirelessly to slow the spread of this virus and minimize its impact. Out of respect for privacy of the patient and his/her family, we will not be releasing any additional identifying information.”

To minimize the spread of this virus, citizens are reminded to follow the stay at home order, practice social distancing and wash their hands frequently.

For more information on the number of COVID-19 cases in Clermont County visit

For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio visit ODH’s website at

Public Health’s role during COVID-19

As a local health department, part of our daily routine includes investigating diseases that can spread throughout our community. Although we work daily to stop the spread of diseases, COVID-19 is an unprecedented public health pandemic. No matter how much planning we have done this is much bigger than any of us have experienced in our lifetimes.

Since January when the first case of COVID-19 was identified in the U.S. we have been preparing for the outbreak in our community. Here are some of the highlights of some of the other ways we are responding:

  • Our nurses are conducting disease investigations for people who test positive and initially for people who were suspected to have COVID-19. These investigations involve doing an extensive interview and calling each person the patient came in contact with while they were contagious.
  • We are in contact with healthcare providers daily answering questions and providing guidance and direction as we get new information from the Ohio Department of Health.
  • We Participate in bi-weekly conference calls with the Ohio Department of Health to get the most up to date information.
  • We are partnering with the Clermont County Emergency Management Agency, local Fire & EMS agencies, local law enforcement agencies, Mercy Hospital – Clermont and other county and social service agencies. Routine virtual briefings are held with these partners to update each agency on all parts of response efforts.
  • Coordinate testing between healthcare providers and the Ohio Department of Health laboratory. CCPH staff members are assigned to pick up samples daily from healthcare institutions and ensure they arrive in Columbus.
  • We are calling non-essential healthcare facilities and private businesses to ask for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and first responders.
  • Holding donation drive events to collect PPE and sanitization supplies.
  • Reorganizing our daily operations to allow more staff members to respond to questions from the public by phone or email
  • Working with our EMA partners to respond to complaints about non-essential businesses still in operation, or businesses not following social distancing guidelines.
  • Receiving shipments (3 so far) of PPE from the Strategic National Stockpile which houses the nation’s storage of medicine and medical supplies that can be used by local health departments during public health emergencies.
  • Purchasing additional N95 masks for local healthcare workers and first responders.

It is a stressful and uncertain time for all of us, but the little things each of us can do daily like following the stay at home order, practicing social distancing when out in public and limiting our trips to the grocery store all add up to the main goal of easing the strain put on our healthcare system.

If you have questions about COVID-19, you can call the Ohio Department of Health’s hotline at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (open 7 days a week).

You can also visit our website at or call us at 513-732-7499 for more information, including an update on the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Clermont County. The Ohio Department of Health’s website has a lot of useful information and resources as well. Visit

Clermont County Public Health hosts second PPE drop-off day

After a good turnout for the first personal protective equipment drop-off day, Clermont County Public Health has another drop-off day scheduled for Thursday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations will be collected at Clermont County Public Health’s Permit Central location (2275 Bauer Road, Batavia, OH 45103).

The supply of personal protective equipment is critically low in our region and across the country. All donations collected will be redistributed to hospitals, healthcare facilities and local first responders.

Some of the items that are needed are:

  • N95 masks
  • Face shields
  • Disposable gowns
  • Surgical masks
  • Surgical masks with incorporated eye splash protection
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Disinfectant sprays
  • Vinyl/Nitrile gloves

The drop-off location will be a drive-through and will be exempt from the stay at home order that went into effect on 3/24/2020.

In addition to the public PPE drop off days, CCPH has also received two shipments of personal protective equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile which is the nation’s supply of medicine and medical supplies that can be used by local health departments during a public health emergency.

Anyone who has items to donate but can’t make the scheduled time can call 513-732-7499 to make other arrangements for dropoff.

# # #

PPE Drop Off Day

Clermont County Public Health hosted a personal protective equipment (PPE) donation day on Thursday, March 26.

With the COVID-19 outbreak, PPE for healthcare workers and first responders is in high demand. The
supply of N-95 masks and face shields are critically low. Healthcare workers attending to patients diagnosed with COVID-19 must wear protective N-95 masks, gowns and gloves to protect themselves.

The call for donations of PPE and cleaning supplies was in partnership with the Clermont County Emergency Management Agency. Clermont County Public Health and the Clermont County Emergency Management Agency will be working with local first responders and healthcare facilities to distribute the donated PPE to those facilities in Clermont County most in need. Some of the items donated included: N95 masks, surgical masks, vinyl gloves, surgical gowns, hand sanitizer and disinfectant.

In addition to the donated PPE, Clermont County Public Health also received a shipment of PPE from the Strategic National Stockpile.
The donated PPE is in addition to a shipment of equipment that was received on Monday, March 23 from the Strategic National Stockpile. The Strategic National Stockpile is the nationwide storage of medicine and medical supplies that can be requested by state and local public health agencies during emergencies.

If you have personal protective equipment at home that you would like to donate, please call Clermont County Public Health at 513-732-7499.

# # #