We need your input – it could improve your health

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to focus on the new year. For many, the new year comes with new goals and ways to improve our personal health. While we all have our own personal health goals, we at Clermont County Public Health and our community partners have the health of the whole community in mind as we move forward in 2019.

Over the next few weeks, we will be partnering with Wright State University to conduct phone surveys of Clermont County residents. The surveys will ask you about your personal health and the healthy behaviors of you and your family. The goal of this survey is to better understand the health status and behaviors in our community. Your participation, should you be contacted, will help to inform this understanding.

Once the surveys are completed, all of the information will be put into a Community Health Assessment that will tell us about the health of our community members and help identify the biggest health issues in our county.

The Community Health Assessment will then be used to create a Community Health Improvement Plan. This plan will be used to address the most important public health issues in Clermont County over the next three years. The most recent plan identified obesity, tobacco use, drug addiction and mental health as the four most important health issues in our community. As a result, CCPH and other community agencies began working on programs to make improvements in the health of residents in these areas.

In order to continue this important work and get the most accurate representation of the health of Clermont County residents, we need as many people as possible to participate in the survey. So, if your phone rings with a call from Wright State University, please take a few minutes to participate. Your answers are important and will help us work toward improving the health of Clermont County.

If you would like more information about the Community Health Assessment or the programs and services we provide, please visit us online at www.ccphohio.org.

Clermont County restaurant employee diagnosed with hepatitis A

MILFORD, Ohio – Clermont County Public Health has identified a case of hepatitis A in an employee at the IHOP restaurant at 5699 Romar Drive in Milford.

The risk to patrons is extremely low. However, as a precaution, Clermont County Public Health is asking anyone who has eaten at IHOP from December 25 – December 31 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)

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

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

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.

“Though it is possible to spread hepatitis A through contaminated food, the risk is extremely low,” said Kelly. “The majority of cases we are seeing during this outbreak are from other risk factors.”

The Ohio Department of Health declared a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A in June. So far, there have been 1370 cases statewide and 42 cases in Clermont County that are linked to this outbreak.

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

  • People with direct contact with anyone who has the virus
  • 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
  • People who have been incarcerated
  • Men who have sex with men

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.

For more information on hepatitis A, click here.

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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.

We want to talk to you!

Clermont County Public Health is partnering with Wright State University to conduct a Community Health Assessment Survey. The survey will be conducted over the phone and will ask participants several questions about their personal health and healthy behaviors. The results of the survey will be compiled to provide a snapshot of the health of Clermont County and its residents.

In order to get the most accurate representation of the health of Clermont County residents, we need as many people as possible to participate in the survey. So, if you’re phone rings, please take a few minutes to participate and help us improve the health of Clermont County.

When the results of the survey are finalized, they will used to update the Community Health Assessment, which was last updated in 2013. The updated Community Health Assessment will then be used to create a Community Health Improvement Plan. This plan, will be used to address the most important public health issues in Clermont County over the next five years.

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

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.

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

Beginning July 2, 2018 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.