August 16, 2017

Clermont County reports Ohio’s first human West Nile Virus case in 2017

Image of Kate Woods inspecting a mosquito trap

Public Health intern Kate Woods inspects a mosquito trap.

BATAVIA  (Aug. 16, 2017) – The Ohio Department of Health is reporting Ohio’s first case of human West Nile virus in 2017. The first case is a 44-year old male Clermont County resident. He is recovering from mild illness.

In 2016, there were 17 human cases of West Nile virus in Ohio, including two in Clermont County. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 200 people in 28 states have tested positive for the virus so far in 2017.

People most often get West Nile through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes are infected when they bite an infected bird. Once infected, they can spread the virus to people or other animals.

West Nile virus is found throughout the United States and can be contracted anywhere there is a mosquito carrying the virus. The affected individual recently returned home to Clermont County after traveling out of state.

Most people infected with the virus do not show any illness, but about 20 percent may show symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, or diarrhea. In extremely rare cases, (less than one percent) the virus can cause severe illness such as encephalitis or meningitis, or even death.

“Late summer is when West Nile cases usually appear in Ohio,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “Our best advice is to protect yourself and your family from being bitten by wearing insect repellent, and eliminate any standing water in your yard where mosquitoes can lay eggs.”

As part of a Mosquito Control Grant, Clermont County Public Health has been trapping and monitoring mosquitoes throughout the county, and responding to standing water complaints. According to the Ohio Department of Health, 43 Ohio counties are conducting mosquito surveys, and 19 of those counties have found West Nile virus in the mosquito population.

To avoid mosquito bites, citizens are encouraged to:

  • Use EPA registered insect repellent and follow the label directions.
  • 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.

For more information on West Nile Virus, visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov/wnv

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May 31, 2017

Now that summer is here, beware of green water  

BATAVIA, Ohio (May 31, 2017)– As you head out to your favorite lake or river this summer, be on the lookout for water that looks green. Harmful algae blooms have become more common in ponds and lakes throughout Ohio over the last few summers. The blooms are caused by a type of blue-green algae that can produce toxins.

When an algae bloom is present, the water can:

  • Have a blue or green tint.
  • Look like spilled green paint on the water.
  • Have a thin film on top of the water.
  • Have a bad odor.

“With these algae blooms happening more frequently, we want people to be proactive, and know what to look for, and when to stay out of the water,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit.

Exposure to the toxins caused by the algae can result in rashes or hives, allergic reactions, asthma-like symptoms or abdominal pain. In severe cases it can cause abnormal liver or kidney function.

Pets can have similar symptoms if exposed. If you or your pet feel sick after coming in contact with a harmful algae bloom, contact your physician veterinarian.

The algae blooms are caused by higher levels of nutrients in the water. Those nutrients can come from excess fertilizer being washed into nearby rivers and streams, or from animal and human waste.

Above average spring rainfall, combined with higher than normal summer temperatures have contributed to the increase in algae blooms, over the last few years. A harmful algae bloom was present at Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park in 2016. In August 2015, an algae bloom was discovered on the Ohio River in Clermont County.

To report a visible algae bloom in a body of water, or for more information, visit the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s website at www.ohioalgaeinfo.com.

To see if there are any advisories on public waters before you swim, visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website at http://publicapps.odh.ohio.gov/BeachGuardPublic/Default.aspx.

For more information, contact Keith Robinson, Communications Coordinator at 513.732.7717 or ktrobinson@clermontcountyohio.gov.

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April 28, 2017

Permit Central has relocated to EOC today

BATAVIA, Ohio (April 28, 2017) — Clermont County’s Permit Central has relocated today to the EOC building, 2279 Clermont Center Drive. This is just around the corner from the Permit Central building. Signs posted at the Permit Central Building 2275 Bauer Road, redirect customers to the EOC.

Parking for customers is available in the EOC lot, in the lot next door, and a lot across the street. The EOC will be open to the public until 4:30 p.m. today for business.

Building permit customers can call 513.732.7213 for information.

Customers who are seeking a birth certificate from Clermont Public Health can go to Public Health’s nursing division at the Clermont County Family Support Center, 2400 Clermont Center Drive, Suite 200.

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April 20, 2017

East Side Adventure Challenge returns May 13

BATAVIA, Ohio (April 18, 2017) – The East Side Adventure Challenge will return to Batavia Township on Saturday, May 13, at 8 a.m. at the Batavia Township Community Center, 535 Clough Pike.

The event costs $45 to sign up. Everyone who registers by May 1 will receive a race T-shirt, souvenir medal, and a free post-race meal.

The event, in its second year, is a combination obstacle course and run/walk.

“Last year was our first year, and the attendance exceeded our expectations,” said race coordinator Rex Parsons, who is also the administrator for Batavia Township. “We have changed the course this year and are making it even muddier, which is something people told us they wanted. We also have included water in some of our challenges this year too.”

In addition to the main race, there will be a smaller version, known as the Family Fun Adventure Challenge, which includes some of the same obstacles as the larger more challenging course.

“The Family Fun Challenge is meant to encourage families to exercise and enjoy the day together,”said Parsons.

A festival will follow each of the races with live music, food vendors, inflatable play areas, and a portable climbing wall. Clermont County Public Health is once again partnering with the township and will be giving away a limited supply of children’s bike helmets.

“We’d like to continue to build on the success of our first year, and make this year’s race bigger and better,” said Parsons. All of the proceeds will be donated to local charities. In 2016, $5,450 was donated to eight local charities.

For more information on the East Side Adventure Challenge, visit its Facebook page www.Facebook.com/EastSideAdventureChallenge, or register for the event at http://bit.ly/ESAC17.

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For more information, contact Keith Robinson, Clermont County Public Health Communications Coordinator at 513-732-7717 or ktrobinson@clermontcountyohio.gov.

Rex Parsons, Batavia Township Administrator at 513-732-3888 or rparsons@Bataviatownship.org.

April 12, 2017

Drop old prescriptions off safely on April 29

BATAVIA, Ohio (April 11, 2017) — The United States Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Local law enforcement agencies will be participating by hosting eight drop-off locations in Clermont County. There will also be two locations in the City of Loveland.

According to the DEA, more than 366 tons of prescription drugs were collected at 5,200 drop-off sites across the country during the last take back day in 2016.

“Many people begin abusing prescription drugs with the medicines they find in their own home,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “We encourage people to keep their prescription medications locked up at home, and if they aren’t using them, they should dispose of them properly to prevent misuse or theft.”

Clermont County residents are encouraged to drop off their expired or unused prescription medications at one of the following locations:

  • Central Joint Fire/EMS, hosted by Clermont County Sheriff’s Office,
    2401 Old SR 32, Batavia Township
  • Clermont Northeastern High School, hosted by Clermont County Sheriff’s Office,
    5327 Hutchinson Road, Stonelick Township
  • Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, 4470 Ohio 222, Batavia
  • Felicity Police Department, 415 Walnut St., Felicity
  • Goshen Township Police Department, 6757 Goshen Road
  • Loveland Middle School, hosted by the Loveland Police Department,
    801 S. Lebanon Road
  • Loveland Police Department, 126 S. Lebanon Road
  • Miami Township Police Department, 5900 McPicken Drive
  • Milford Walmart, hosted by the Milford Police Department,
    201 Chamber Drive, Milford
  • Pierce Township Police Department, 950 Locust Corner Road

For the full list of drug take back day locations, visit www.dea.gov.

Residents who can’t drop off their unused prescription medications on April 29 can use one of the eight permanent drug drop boxes located in Clermont County. These law enforcement agencies have a permanent prescription drug drop boxes: Amelia Police Department, Bethel Police Department, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Goshen Township Police Department, Loveland Police Department, Miami Township Police Department, Milford Police Department, and Pierce Township Police Department.

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For more information contact Keith Robinson, Communications Coordinator at 513-732-7717 or ktrobinson@clermontcountyohio.gov.

Clermont County Public Health 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 or call 513-732-7499.

March 9, 2017

Clermont County holding open house in April – public is invited

BATAVIA, Ohio (March 9, 2017) – Interested in learning more about county government and how your tax dollars are spent? Clermont County is celebrating National County Government Month – April – by holding open houses on consecutive Tuesdays in April. The public is invited and is asked to register at www.clermontcountyohio.gov/national-county-government-month or call Kathleen Williams at 513.732.7597.

Tuesday, April 4: Meet Your Commissioners

 10-11 a.m.:  101 E. Main St., Batavia, Third Floor

Meet the Commissioners in Session Room. Learn about the basics of county government, the BCC’s responsibilities, what’s on tap for 2017. Q&A.

Tuesday, April 11: #GreenClermont – Protecting our water & environment

10 a.m.-noon Bob McEwen Water Treatment Plant, 3960 Greenbriar Road, Batavia

Take a tour of the plant and learn from our Water Resources team how water is treated in Clermont County. Q&A. Also participating: Office of Environmental Quality and Soil & Water Conservation District.

Tuesday, April 18: Law, Order and Justice

11 a.m.-noon: Sheriff’s Office , 4470 SR 222, Batavia

Meet Sheriff Leahy and his chiefs. What is the Sheriff’s Office responsible for? What are its biggest challenges? Q&A.

Concurrent:

1-2 p.m.: Municipal Court, 4430 SR 222, Batavia: Representatives from Municipal Court, the Prosecutor’s Office and Public Defender’s Office talk about their roles and how the court functions. Q&A.

1-2 p.m.: Common Pleas Court, 270 E. Main St., Batavia: Representatives from Common Pleas Court, the Prosecutor’s Office and Public Defender’s Office talk about their roles and how the court functions. Q&A.

Tuesday, April 25: Supporting Families & Healthy Living

10 a.m.-11 a.m.: Representatives from Children’s Protective Services, Child Support Enforcement, and Developmental Disabilities on how their agencies make a difference. Q&A.

11 a.m.-noon: Representatives from Clermont Public Health and Mental Health & Recovery Board talk about their initiatives and challenges. Q&A.

Both sessions at Engineer’s Training Room, 2381 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia.

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March 3, 2017

Low-cost rabies clinic set for March 18

BATAVIA, Ohio (March 3, 2017)Clermont County Public Health is teaming up with Dr. Jerry Miller of Lifetime Pet Center in New Richmond to offer a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic. The clinic will take place from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Grant Career Center, 718 West Plane St., Bethel. The fee is $5 cash.

Rabies is a fatal disease that is spread through the bite or saliva of an infected animal. In 2016, a bat that was found inside a Clermont County home tested positive for rabies. That was the first time since 201, that the county had a positive rabies case. In Ohio, 36 bats and five raccoons tested positive in 2016.

In 2016, Clermont County Public Health investigated 338 animal bites, most of which were from dogs. “The best way to protect your pets from rabies is to keep their vaccinations current,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “Rabies cases in pets are rare because of the success of the vaccine, but if your pet is not vaccinated and becomes exposed, it is 100% fatal,” said Nesbit.

Pets will receive a one-year vaccine at the clinic. Pet owners who bring documentation of their pet’s vaccination status from their veterinarian can receive a three-year vaccination. In order to receive a shot, animals must be in good health and must be on a leash or in a carrier.

“Last year we vaccinated 99 pets, and we’d love to increase that number this year,” said Nesbit.

For more information on the clinic, call Clermont County Public Health at 513-732-7499.

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For more information contact Keith Robinson, at 513-732-7717 or ktrobinson@clermontcountyohio.gov.

February 1, 2017

GetCleanNowClermont.org launches to help people in addiction, their families

BATAVIA, Ohio – The Clermont County Opiate Task Force (photo above) is launching a new website — www.getcleannowclermont.org — aimed at helping people living with an addiction, their loved ones, and residents of Clermont County who are seeking information about the opiate epidemic that has impacted the county.

The public is invited to attend the next meeting of the Opiate Task Force on Feb. 9 to learn more about the new website. The meeting will be held 2-3:30 p.m. at the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, located at 4470 S.R. 222 Batavia, OH 45103.

The task force was created in 2013 in response to the rising number of overdose deaths related to heroin and prescription pain killers in Clermont County.

“The task force has accomplished many goals during its three-year existence, and the new website is our latest accomplishment. It was developed to provide educational information, resources and hope to individuals and family members living with a substance abuse disorder,” said Lee Ann Watson, Associate Director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board and co-chairperson of the Opiate Task Force.

The highlights of the new site include resources such as:

  • List of treatment centers and support groups in the county
  • List of pharmacies that dispense Narcan
  • Education resources for talking to children and teens
  • The Opiate Task Force Strategic Plan
  • Testimonials from those in recovery and sober

“We have a lot of resources to fight this epidemic already in place in the county. Now you can visit one site and see what’s available. Our meetings are always open to the public, and we encourage anyone to join us at our February meeting and see our new website,” said Watson.

The Opiate Task Force is a dedicated group of community members that include local government agencies, courts, law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies, support and recovery groups, healthcare professionals and private citizens.

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For more information, contact Keith Robinson, Clermont County Public Health Communications Coordinator at 513-732-7717, ktrobinson@clermontcountyohio.gov.

January 13, 2017

Public Health names new environmental health director

Maalinii Vijayan

BATAVIA, Ohio (Jan. 13, 2017) – Clermont County Public Health has promoted Maalinii Vijayan as the new director of environmental health. Ms. Vijayan is replacing former director Rob Perry who retired in November following a 30-year career with the agency.

Ms. Vijayan began working at Clermont County Public Health in 2014. Previously, she was the agency’s emergency response coordinator. She received her bachelor’s degree in India and her Master of Public Health degree from Wright State University in 2014.

“Maalinii has been a welcome addition to our staff, and she will make an excellent addition to our leadership team. She is a quick learner with lots of fresh ideas, and is very passionate about public health,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit.

Ms. Vijayan will oversee a team of four sanitarians. The Environmental Health Division performs over 2000 inspections each year. The division inspects all restaurants, public swimming pools, schools, mobile home parks and campgrounds in the county. They also investigate over 300 animal bite complaints annually and test for possible rabies exposure.

“I am looking forward to advancing our environmental health division by developing efficient programs and expanding our continuous quality improvement process,” said Vijayan. “I am also eager to work with our community partners and residents to make Clermont County a healthier place to live.”

Filling Ms. Vijayan’s former role of emergency response coordinator is Sidney Spurlock. Mr. Spurlock started his career with CCPH in 2015 and was promoted from his position as sanitarian.

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Clermont County Public Health (CCPH) is a local government agency that provides public and environmental services, nursing services and education to Clermont County residents. 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 or call 513-732-7499.

November 21, 2016

Grants available to fix failing septic systems

BATAVIA, Ohio (Nov. 21, 2016)– Clermont County Public Health (CCPH) is now accepting applications for the 2017 Septic Rehab Program. The program provides money to low-income homeowners to repair or replace failing septic systems. In 2016, $428,746.27 was awarded to fix or replace 26 septic systems in Clermont County.

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. The program began in 1996 and has helped 231 families repair or replace their septic systems. Applications can be found online at www.ccphohio.org.

The majority of the money CCPH receives for the program comes from grants. In 2016, CCPH received $300,000 from the Ohio EPA through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, and $150,000 from the Community Development Block Grant funds.

“We have over 21,000 septic systems in Clermont County that we inspect routinely to make sure they are working properly”, said Robert Wildey, director of the Water and Waste Division with CCPH. “When they fail, they can pollute soil, streams or groundwater and create a public health concern for neighbors and other residents.

“Fixing these broken systems benefits the homeowner as well as their neighbors and nearby residents,” said Wildey.

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.

For more information call 513.732.7499 or visit Clermont County Public Health’s website at www.ccphohio.org.

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