October 25, 2018

Clermont County Public Health receives Auditor of State Award  

BATAVIA – Clermont County Public Health has earned the Auditor of State Award for its recent clean audit report. This is the fourth year in a row that Clermont County Public Health has received the award.

The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts after their annual audit. In order to receive the award the agencies must meet certain criteria that show their excellent record keeping and financial accountability.

“We are pleased to have received this award for the fourth straight year,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “Responsibility, credibility, and dependability are three of our core values. This award reflects each of those values and the hard work and attention to detail of our fiscal officer,” said Nesbit.

Clermont County Public Health has a staff of 50 employees and a budget of about $3.5 million. In 2017, approximately 40 percent of their revenue came from local licenses and fees, while about 30 percent came from state and federal grants.

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October 19, 2018

2019 Septic Rehab Program now open

Clermont County Public Health’s (CCPH)  Septic Rehab Program is now open for 2019. The program provides money to low-income homeowners to repair or replace failing septic systems.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must live in Clermont County, meet income eligibility requirements, and own and occupy the home that is attached to the septic system.

If you applied for funding in the past but were denied, we encourage you to apply again.

If your septic system is currently failing, it is important to submit this application before the deadline to avoid additional re-inspections and fees.

Applications should be returned to:
Clermont County Public Health
2275 Bauer Road
Batavia, OH 45103

by Friday, December 28, 2018. Copies of income information for all adults in your household must be submitted with the application. Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered if proof of income is not included. Staff is available to help you complete the application anytime during regular business hours.

Once all of the applications are received, they will be reviewed and ranked in order of need. Priority is given to the systems that are considered to be most in need of repairs.

2019 Septic Rehab Program Plan

Septic Rehab Application Packet

October 17, 2018

The flu pandemic – 100 years later

This flu season is the 100th anniversary of one of the deadliest disease outbreaks in modern history. The flu pandemic of 1918 first appeared during March of that year but began spreading faster and wider in October.

While the seasonal flu affects people each year, a pandemic happens when a new type of virus shows up that people haven’t built an immunity to yet. If some people aren’t immune to it, the virus spreads more easily, and more people get sick.

During the 1918-1919 flu season, 300 million people became sick and about 50 million people died from the flu. In the United States, it killed an estimated 675,000 people. The epidemic occurred near the end of World War I, and it is estimated that more American soldiers died from the flu, than were killed in combat during the war.

The war is one factor that contributed to the large number of illnesses from the flu. As many soldiers traveled internationally, some brought the illness with them from home. Military bases and camps which were often crowded, created the perfect environment for the illness to spread to a large number of people very quickly.

Other reasons for the rapid spread of the disease were the lack of a vaccine, no anti-viral drugs, no prevention efforts (such as hand washing, and overall good hygiene), and a lack of communication between hospitals and other health care centers. At the time the flu wasn’t very well understood. Many people believed that it was caused by a bacteria, not a virus.

Locally, the pandemic had a big impact on schools in Clermont County. To prevent further spread of the flu, all schools in Clermont County closed for several weeks during the fall of 1918. Some schools closed for as many as seven weeks, before reopening. The long closures caused concern that seniors wouldn’t have enough days at school to be able to graduate in the spring.

The villages of Milford and Loveland were greatly affected and banned public events from taking place during the height of the pandemic. By the end of October, the village of Milford had reported 24 deaths from the flu just in the village limits. Funeral homes in Milford were so overwhelmed they had to ask for help from other funeral homes in the area.

The village of Williamsburg had six deaths in a one-week time frame in early November. In total, there were more than 100 cases of the flu, just in the village of Williamsburg.

Since the deadly pandemic of 1918, there have been many improvements to public health to help minimize the effects of another worldwide outbreak. The development of the first flu vaccine in 1938, was an important step in reducing the risk of a deadly flu outbreak. The new flu vaccine was widely used a few years later to protect American soldiers during World War II.

As a result of the pandemic, a new Ohio law was passed in 1919 that required all existing health units to combine into 88 general health districts – one for each county in Ohio. By March of 1920, the Clermont County General Health District (now Clermont County Public Health) was formed and had its first meeting of the Board of Health.

Today, each county or city health department works closely with the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control to monitor illnesses, including the flu in the community. Health departments, along with other health care providers, give flu vaccines each year, to help prevent the spread of the flu.

While vaccines can’t prevent another pandemic from occurring, they can help minimize the effects and limit the spread of seasonal flu each year. Other but less severe pandemics have occurred in 1957, 1961, and most recently in 2009.

You can help prevent the spread of flu by getting vaccinated each year and remembering to wash your hands frequently. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for your flu shot, you can call our nursing division at 513-735-8400.

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Sources: Centers for Disease Control and The Clermont Sun archives

September 12, 2018

Public Health Stays Prepared During Preparedness Month

Every September is recognized as National Preparedness Month. It serves as a reminder that disaster can strike anywhere and at any time. The month-long campaign encourages families across the country to take action and have a plan in place for when an emergency does happen.

Clermont County Public Health used Preparedness Month to practice its own emergency plan. On Tuesday, September 11, Clermont County Public Health participated in a full-scale exercise to practice their response to a county-wide emergency. The day consisted of setting up a point of dispensing (POD) location at the Clermont County Fairgrounds.

A POD is a location where medicine can quickly be given out to people who may have been exposed to a biological threat, such as anthrax. POD’s can also be set-up to quickly vaccinate lots of people from a disease such as the flu, during an epidemic.

“We hope we never have to set up a POD in a real situation,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “But, we do practice routinely, so that if we ever need to open a POD, we can do it as quickly and efficiently as possible”.

Once the POD was set up, 19 Clermont County Public Health staff members simulated giving out large amounts of vaccine to the public.

“While it is difficult to plan for every possible situation or scenario, our emergency response plan is constantly revised and updated to allow us to stay prepared for the emergencies that are most likely to affect public health in Clermont County,” said Nesbit.

In addition to the fairgrounds, Public Health has eight other POD locations throughout the county that can be used during an emergency. The last time a POD was opened in a real scenario in Clermont County was during the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak.

For more information on preparedness tips and how to set up your family’s own emergency plan, visit www.ready.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 24, 2018

West Nile Virus rates increasing in Clermont County mosquitoes

As summer comes to a close, West Nile Virus activity in local mosquitoes is increasing. Clermont County Public Health has been trapping mosquitoes this summer and has had 10 positive tests for West Nile Virus.

Statewide, there have been 1,984 positive tests for West Nile Virus in mosquitoes. The virus has been found in mosquito populations in 51 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

West Nile Virus is a disease that can spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Anyone who is bitten by an infected mosquito can get sick, but in Ohio, the highest risk is to people over the age of 50. Only about 20 percent of the people infected with the virus will have symptoms of the illness that includes:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Vomiting and nausea

“With a higher number of mosquitoes carrying the virus this year, the chances of being bitten by an infected mosquito are higher too,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “We encourage everyone to protect themselves from being bitten, and get rid of places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.”

The type of mosquito that most commonly carries West Nile Virus likes to lay eggs in small areas of standing water like ditches, clogged rain gutters, flower pots, buckets, or other containers that can hold rainwater.

Mosquito season increases near the end of summer and continues into October. Usually, the first hard frost of the year will kill most adult mosquitoes.

To protect yourself from mosquito bites

  • Use an EPA-registered insect repellent when going outside
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants
  • Treat your clothes with permethrin to repel mosquitoes
  • Avoid being outside during peak biting times – early morning and evening
  • Get rid of any containers that can hold water
  • Use a mosquito dunk or larvicide for areas of standing water that can’t be drained
  • Keep grass in your yard cut short
  • Make sure your doors and windows have screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house

For more information and the most up-to-date numbers of mosquitos trapped visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website.

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Photo: Tyler Braasch, a sanitarian with Clermont County Public Health checks a mosquito trap

Clermont County Public Health (CCPH) is dedicated to the mission of striving to improve Clermont County by preventing disease, promoting health, and protecting the environment. For more information, visit http://www.ccphohio.org.

August 21, 2018

Fast food worker in Clermont County diagnosed with Hepatitis A

BATAVIA, Ohio – Clermont County Public Health has identified a case of hepatitis A in an employee at the Taco Bell restaurant at 889 S.R. 28 in Miami Township.

The risk to patrons is extremely low. As a precaution, Clermont County Public Health is asking anyone who has eaten at the Taco Bell on State Route 28 in Miami Township from August 15-17 to monitor for symptoms of the virus for up to 50 days. Symptoms of hepatitis A include:

  • fatigue
  • low appetite
  • stomach pain
  • nausea
  • clay-colored stools
  • jaundice (yellowish color to the skin and eyes)

A vaccine can protect you from getting sick if received within two weeks of contact with the virus. Patrons should contact their health care provider if they have questions or concerns.

“The restaurant management has been very cooperative and we are working with them to review safe food handling techniques,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit.

The Ohio Department of Health declared a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A in June. So far, there have been 256 cases statewide that are linked to this outbreak.

The disease, which affects the liver, can be spread through eating or drinking contaminated food. Food gets contaminated if a person who has the virus does not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom and before preparing or touching food.

In addition to getting a vaccine, the best way to protect yourself from hepatitis A is to wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and before eating.

Illness from hepatitis A can range from a mild case that lasts a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

People at the highest risk of Hepatitis A during this outbreak include:

  • People with direct contact with anyone who has the virus
  • Men who have sex with men
  • People who use illegal drugs
  • People who are homeless
  • People who have traveled to other areas of the U.S. that are currently experiencing an outbreak

For more information on the statewide outbreak of hepatitis A, visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website here.

For more information on hepatitis A from the Centers for Disease Control, click here.

August 20, 2018

Delay in birth certificate processing

Due to an upgrade to Ohio’s vital statistics database, we will be unable to process birth or death certificates on Tuesday August 21. You may still order online using our website during that time. Once the database is online again, we will process your request.

 

Update

As of Wednesday August 22, we are once again able to process birth certificates for anyone born in Ohio.

August 8, 2018

Hepatitis A cases increasing in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Health has declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A. Clermont County is also seeing an increase in cases of hepatitis A. In addition to Ohio, outbreaks are occurring in Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Michigan.

Hepatitis A is a liver disease that can be prevented with a vaccine. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person puts something in their mouth that is contaminated with the virus. If you eat food that is contaminated with microscopic amounts of fecal matter, from someone who has the virus, you can get sick.

People at higher risk for getting sick from Hepatitis A during this outbreak include:

  • People who have direct contact with someone infected with the virus
  • Men who have sex with men
  • People who use street drugs whether they are injected or not
  • People who are incarcerated
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • People who have traveled to areas outside of the U.S. currently experiencing outbreaks

Symptoms of Hepatitis A

  • Fatigue
  • Low appetite
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Clay-colored stools
  • Jaundice (yellowish color to the skin and eyes)

What can you do?

1) Get vaccinated

If you think you are at high risk for hepatitis A infection, you can get a vaccine. Call your healthcare provider or your local health department. You can call Clermont County Public Health at 513-735-8400 to schedule an appointment for your vaccine.

2) Wash your hands
Washing your hands with soap and warm water after using the bathroom and before preparing or eating food can help stop the spread of hepatitis A.

Additional resources

Hepatitis A vaccination information

Hepatitis A disinfection guidelines

For more information on hepatitis A, click here (CDC)

For more information on the outbreak in Ohio, click here (ODH).

Stop the spread of hepatitis A poster
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Hepatitis A information for first responders

Hepatitis A infographic

 

July 23, 2018

Clermont County mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile Virus

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BATAVIA – A pool of mosquitos trapped in the village of Williamsburg’s Community Park has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Clermont County Public Health staff has been trapping and collecting mosquitos at several sites throughout the county this summer as part of Ohio’s Mosquito Control Grant Program. Trapped mosquitos are then sent to a lab where they are tested for West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus affects the central nervous system and can cause serious illness. However, about 80 percent of people who become infected with the virus will not show any symptoms.

So far this summer, 3,777 mosquitos have been tested in Clermont County. Statewide, the Ohio Department of Health has tested more than 234,000 mosquitos, with 479 testing positive for West Nile Virus.

“As the end of summer approaches, we see an increase in mosquito activity in our area,” said Clermont County Assistant Health Commissioner Tim Kelly. “We encourage everyone to protect themselves and avoid mosquito bites when they’re outside.

To avoid mosquito bites, citizens are encouraged to:

  • Use EPA registered insect repellent and follow the label instructions.
  • Wear long sleeves or long pants and cover as much of your skin as possible when you are outside, especially between dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active.
  • Check your window and door screens to make sure there are no holes to allow mosquitos in your home.
  • Eliminate standing water in your yard, where mosquitos can breed.
  • Use larvicide or mosquito dunks if you have areas in your yard that contain water that can’t be drained.

For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at

https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html.

June 29, 2018

Is it time to renew your driver’s license? You may need a birth certificate.

Beginning July 2, Ohio is introducing a new driver’s license and identification card with more security features and better identity protection.

After July 2, anyone needing to renew their license or ID card will have the option of getting a standard card, or a compliant card or license. A compliant card requires more identity documents and will meet new travel security requirements for airlines.

Anyone choosing to get the new compliant ID card or license will need to provide several identity documents including his or her birth certificate.

For more information on the new Ohio Driver’s licenses, click here.

If you need to order your Ohio birth certificate, you can visit our office for same day service, or you can skip the line and order it online here.

If you need a birth certificate, but were not born in Ohio, you will need to contact the vital statistics office in the state in which you were born. For a list of where to get birth certificates for each state, click here.