April 3, 2020

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 www.ccphohio.org/covid-19

For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio visit ODH’s website at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov

April 1, 2020

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 www.ccphohio.org 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 www.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

March 30, 2020

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.

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March 27, 2020

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.

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March 24, 2020

Have extra masks and gowns? Healthcare workers need them.

NEWS RELEASE                                                
For Immediate Release                                                        March 24, 2020

Clermont County Public Health personal protective equipment donation day

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Clermont County Public Health (CCPH) is collecting donations of personal protective equipment. A donation day will be set up on Thursday, March 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m at Clermont County Public Health’s Permit Central office (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 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.

If you are unable to drop off your donations during this date/time please call Clermont County Public Health at 513-732-7499 to make arrangements for pick up. This location will only be receiving donations during designated times.

For more information, call Clermont County Public Health at 513-732-7499 or visit www.ccphohio.org.

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March 21, 2020

Second COVID-19 case in Clermont County

March 21, 2020

Clermont County Public Health has confirmed its second positive case of COVID-19 in the county. The new case is a male in his 60’s. He is a household contact of the first case that was reported yesterday.

As with any confirmed case of COVID-19 and other reportable diseases, our team of nurses is in contact with this individual to get a list of all known contacts he has had. The person with COVID-19 will be in isolation until released. All known contacts will be called and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 people you should:

  • Limit your contact with people outside of your home
  • Practice social distancing by keeping a distance of six feet between yourself and others
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Work from home, if possible
  • Check their temperature daily before going to work, stay home if your temperature is higher than 100.4
  • Limit your trips to the grocery store, go weekly rather than several times per week

For the most recent information on the number of cases in Ohio, visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov
*This site updates daily at 2 p.m.

For a map of positive cases in Ohio, visit: http://maps.clermontcountyohio.gov/apps/covid19/

**Updated daily

March 20, 2020

First COVID-19 case in Clermont County

NEWS RELEASE                                                
For Immediate Release

March 20, 2020

(BATAVIA, Ohio) – Clermont County Public Health (CCPH) is reporting the first positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a Clermont County resident.

The patient is a female in her 60’s. She is not hospitalized and has not had any recent travel history or any known exposure to a confirmed case.

“Following protocol set by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), our nursing staff has been in contact with the individual since we were notified of the positive test result,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “We have been working with the individual to identify people who she has come in contact with and are advising those individuals to self-quarantine for 14 days.”

“We have been preparing for this for several weeks and have been working closely with our county Emergency Management Agency and ODH to make sure we have all the resources we need,” said Nesbit.

COVID-19 is spread primarily through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing. The symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

To prevent the spread people should:

  • Stay at home if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently.
  • Practice social distancing and try to keep six feet away from people when in public places.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.

“If you are sick, you should call your doctor,” said Nesbit. “They can rule out other illnesses and determine if a patient needs to be tested for COVID-19 or not.”

“The changes we are making to our lifestyle may be a temporary inconvenience but they are for the greater good of our community,” said Nesbit.

For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio visit ODH’s website at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4ASKODH. The state updates its numbers every day at 2 p.m. Our case will be included in the next update.

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March 17, 2020

100 Years of Public Health

As we enter a new decade, we are celebrating an even bigger milestone – our 100th anniversary. On March 17, 1920, the Clermont County Board of Health held its first meeting to organize what would become the Clermont County General Health District.

The creation of health districts in Ohio was a direct result of the nationwide influenza pandemic in 1918 that took thousands of lives across the country. Recognizing the need for more comprehensive public health services, Ohio lawmakers passed the Hughes-Griswold Act which created local health departments for cities and counties throughout Ohio. Prior to that, each city, township and village had their own form of health organization but each varied greatly in their structure and the services they offered.

Health departments were created to serve the residents of cities, while health districts were formed to serve entire counties. With the new laws in place, each health district in Ohio offered a more standardized level of service to its residents. Required services included data collection, food safety, birth & death records and disease control and prevention. Each health district had its own board of health and a minimum of three employees (a health commissioner, a clerk and a public health nurse).

Though we have grown from our original three employees to a staff of more than 50 dedicated people, our focus has stayed the same – to protect the health of our residents. Some of the services we offered in 1920 are still offered today, though they’ve been greatly improved. Along the way, some of our services have shifted to other state or federal agencies while we have added many more programs and services.

In the last century, there have been many advancements in public health which led to improvements in the overall health of our community. Some of the biggest public health accomplishments over the last 100 years are:

• Life expectancy has increased by more than 20 years
• Smallpox has been eradicated
• New vaccines have been created for diseases that were once common (polio, mumps, measles and
chickenpox are just a few)
• Better sanitation and hygiene practices have reduced the number of diseases
• Improved health care for infants and women during and after pregnancy
• Better food safety practices have decreased the number of foodborne illnesses

In 2020 we will be updating our Strategic Plan and our Community Health Improvement Plan. Both of those will be the foundation to guide our efforts and priorities as we move into a new decade and our second 100 years. Today’s top health priorities – drug use and abuse, tobacco use and childhood obesity have changed over the last 100 years, but our efforts to make our county healthier have not. Our mission is to improve Clermont County by preventing disease, promoting health, and protecting the environment.

 

 

Julianne Nesbit
Health Commissioner

March 15, 2020

Public Health lobby at Permit Central closed effective 3/16/2020

Clermont County Public Health is closing its Permit Central Lobby located at 2275 Bauer Rd. Batavia Ohio effective Monday, March 16, 2020. This closure is in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. At this time our Nursing/WIC location will remain open.  You can continue to reach us by phone at 513-732-7499. Please continue to check the CCPH website for updates. There are many CCPH services that can be accessed online, by postal mail and by phone. Please know that several Public Health staff are actively involved in leading the local response to this pandemic.  Right now we are committed to providing the most timely service possible but we are asking for your patience during this difficult time. Below is a list of services and recommended ways to conduct business while our building is closed to the public.

Birth Certificates: Order online at ccphohio.org or by postal mail.

Death Certificates:  Funeral homes can continue using the current e-file process or file by postal mail.

Filing New Permits:  By postal mail.

Nursing and WIC Services:  At this time the Nursing/WIC location will remain open.  Please continue to check ccphohio.org for updates.

If you have any questions please call our main line at 513-732-7499.

March 3, 2020

Clermont County Public Health is preparing for COVID-19 

BATAVIA, OH – Clermont County Public Health, following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) are urging citizens to prepare for the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 to begin spreading throughout the community in the United States. While the current risk of getting sick with the virus remains low, it is never too early to prepare.

“Preventing disease outbreaks is what we plan and prepare for on a routine basis,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “Our emergency preparedness team has been meeting on a regular basis since the end of January to plan and prepare for a potential outbreak of the virus in our community. We have been in regular contact with the Ohio Department of Health for guidance and to get the most accurate and up to date information.”

ODH has declared COVID-19 a Class-A reportable disease. That means if a person has or is thought to have the coronavirus, the hospital or health care facility treating the patient must tell the local health department immediately.

“If we are notified of a possible COVID-19 case, we would immediately begin a disease investigation just like other contagious diseases that we track,” said Nesbit. The type of investigation can vary depending on the type of disease.

A disease investigation can involve public health nurses contacting the patient and their close contacts, once a positive test is confirmed. This helps to limit the spread of the disease.

In 2019, Clermont County Public Health had more than 1600 communicable disease reports.

Along with other health departments, CCPH routinely conducts exercises that test how they would respond to a public health emergency. These exercises are good training for staff members. They also allow CCPH to see what parts of their plans can be improved when a real emergency occurs.

“Our experience with the H1N1 flu outbreak in 2009-1010, Ebola in 2015, and most recently the hepatitis A outbreak in 2018-2019 have helped us stay prepared for another potential disease outbreak,” said Nesbit.

While the coronavirus is not widespread in the United States, and there are no confirmed cases in Ohio, it’s always a good idea to stay prepared. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Remain calm, don’t panic. COVID-19 is not widespread in the U.S.
  • Practice good disease prevention tips, just like you would with the flu or other illnesses.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Avoid large crowds or gatherings.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Follow trusted sources for the latest information. The ODH and the CDC’s website are the best places to get the latest and most accurate information.

The flu is a bigger public health threat currently than COVID-19. Some of the symptoms of COVID-19 can be similar to flu symptoms. Anyone who has not had a flu shot should get one. Flu season in Ohio typically runs through April.

For the most up to date information, visit the ODH website, or the CDC’s website.