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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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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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

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

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.

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.

Local mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

MIAMI Twp. – A mosquito trapped in Miami Township’s Paxton Ramsey Park recently tested positive for West Nile Virus. The virus can be spread to humans from the bite of an infected mosquito.

West Nile Virus can cause fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and a rash. While it can cause serious illness or even death, about 80 percent of people who become infected with the virus will not show any symptoms.

Clermont County Public Health has been trapping and collecting mosquitoes at several sites throughout the county this summer. The mosquitoes are then sent to a lab where they are tested for West Nile Virus.

Clermont County Public Health has trapped and tested 1,895 mosquitoes in the county this year. Statewide, more than 425,000 mosquitoes have been tested by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). There have been 150 positive tests for West Nile Virus in Ohio.

“We start to see an increase in mosquito activity in our area during late summer,” said Clermont County Assistant Health Commissioner Tim Kelly. “West Nile Virus is nothing new or nothing to be alarmed about, but we like to remind 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 mosquitoes are most active.
  • Check your window and door screens to make sure there are no holes to allow mosquitoes in your home.
  • Eliminate standing water in your yard where mosquitoes 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 Ohio Department of Health’s website at

http://bit.ly/ODHWNV.

Planning to sell food at your next event? Do it the right way!

Whether it is a community fair or festival, your neighborhood yard sale or a weekend baseball tournament, any person or group that prepares and sells food must get a temporary food license from their local health department.

Why do I need a license to sell food?

In Ohio, it is the law. Just like your favorite restaurant, if you are part of a group that is preparing and selling food – even for a short time, you must get a temporary food license from the health department. This includes events with a required donation or an entry or gate fee at an event.

Clermont County Public Health protects the public by inspecting places that prepare and sell food. They make sure that food sold in Clermont County is safe to eat and prepared in a clean and sanitary manner.

What does a license do?
Having a license to sell food shows your customers that you have been inspected and approved by Clermont County Public Health to sell food. When food isn’t cooked to the proper temperature or people don’t wash their hands or wear gloves before preparing ready-to-eat foods, it can make people sick.

To get a license to sell food, an inspection must first be done. Places that set up a temporary food booth without getting a license run the risk of getting people sick from food poisoning.

What do we look for when we do an inspection?

  • Food is purchased from an approved source
  • Hand washing stations are available
  • Gloves are being worn when handling ready to eat foods
  • Food is prepared at a licensed facility or on-site (where the inspectors can see it) and not in a person’s home
  • Food grade thermometers are being used when cooking
  • Cold food is stored at proper temperatures
  • Hot food is cooked and held at the proper temperatures
  • Roof or tent over the food service operation area
  • Station set up to wash rinse and sanitize utensils and dishes

For more information on our food safety program or how to get a temporary food permit, visit https://ccphohio.org/food-protection/

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The Family Fun Adventure Challenge is Back!

The fourth annual Family Fun Adventure Challenge will be returning to Batavia Township this May. The one-mile obstacle course run/walk will take place on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at the Batavia Township Park at 1535 Clough Pike in Batavia Township.

Registration for the event begins at 9:30 a.m. Participants can sign up and register for the event here.

The goal of the challenge is to get families together to get some physical activity in a fun and engaging way. The run/walk is designed for kids and adults of all ages and abilities. The majority of the course will be on the paved walking trail in the park, and any of the obstacles can easily be skipped if they are too difficult.

This year, Clermont County Public Health is partnering with the Clermont Play, Learn and Grow Kids Fest. The Kids Fest will take place after the adventure challenge and will feature music, food, face painting, games and kids activities.

The Kids Fest is hosted by Clermont County Family and Children First and the Early Childhood Coordinating Committee. The Adventure Challenge is hosted by Clermont County Public Health, the Clermont Coalition for Activity and Nutrition and Batavia Township.

2019 Family Fun Adventure Challenge Event Flyer

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is celebrated each year during the month of March. The purpose of the campaign is to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

The campaign is comprised of ten key messages which the Academy hopes will help it achieve its vision of “a world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition”.

The 10 key messages include:

1. Discover the benefits of a healthy eating style. Healthy eating can reduce your risk of developing certain diseases or health conditions. Eating a healthy diet can help you feel more energetic and think more clearly.

2. Choose foods and drinks that are good for your health. Eat mostly whole foods and limit processed foods which often contain high amounts of sugar, fat, and sodium. Limit sugary drinks like soda, juices, and sports drink and drink water to quench your thirst.

3. Include a variety of healthy foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis. Include lean meats, vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy, and healthy fats in most of your meals.

4. Select healthier options when eating away from home. Look at the restaurant’s menu before your visit to check out the healthy options that they offer. Don’t be afraid to make special requests when ordering at restaurants to fit your healthy eating lifestyle.

5. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do. Use a small plate or bowl and only eat until you feel full.

6. Keep it simple. Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. Using canned or frozen fruits and vegetables reduce prep time and are often just as nutritious as fresh produce. Buy pre-cut fruits and veggies to have on hand for a quick and healthy snack option.

7. Make food safety part of your everyday routine. Always wash your hands before prepping, serving, and eating foods. Cook meats to the proper internal temperature to help avoid food-borne illness.

8. Help to reduce food waste by considering the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store. Make a weekly menu and shopping list before grocery shopping each week. Eat leftovers for lunch the next day or have a designated “Leftover Night” each week.

9. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week. The best kind of exercise is the one that you will do consistently and have fun doing. Walking more, like parking farther away at the store or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, is a great way to fit some physical activity into your day.

10. Consult the nutrition experts. Registered Dietitians can provide sound, easy-to-follow, personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences, and health-related needs. Visit www.eatright.org for more information.